Hydropower Takes Center Stage at IRENA General Assembly


During the recent IRENA General Assembly, member countries emphasized the critical role of sustainable hydropower in accelerating their energy transition efforts. The International Hydropower Association (IHA) played a pivotal role in this dialogue, offering a platform for showcasing good practices, sharing progress, and providing guidance and policy recommendations for enhancing sustainable hydropower.

IHA’s CEO, Eddie Rich, and Head of Policy, Gordon Edge, actively participated in the assembly to ensure that sustainable hydropower remains central to the global energy conversation. This year’s assembly placed a sharper focus on Africa, recognizing the continent’s challenges in raising finance and achieving energy interconnectivity.

In line with these discussions, IHA, in collaboration with Mainstream Energy Solutions Ltd, the African Development Bank, and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Power, will host HydroPOWER Africa Week. This event aims to advocate for sustainable hydropower development in Africa and facilitate discussions on financing and interconnectivity challenges.

The agenda for HydroPOWER Africa Week includes roundtables for companies and high-level participants, Hydropower Sustainability Standard training sessions, an IHA Board meeting, a site visit to the Zungeru power plant, and a fireside chat on effective communication strategies in the renewable energy sector.

To participate in any of these in-person events, interested individuals can reach out via email to communications@hydropower.org.

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