The International Hydropower Association has been re-elected to the steering committee of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).
The steering committee is composed of individuals from international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, research institutions and industry associations. In addition to IHA, the International Energy Agency, International Renewable Energy Association, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environmental Programme, World Bank Group and Asian Development Bank are also represented in the new steering committee.
REN21 is a global multi-stakeholder network that provides policy leadership and authoritative information to facilitate the increased penetration of renewables into energy systems across the world. The network supports international policy and decision making by providing high-quality information on renewables while fostering productive debate and dialogue.
IHA’s re-election to the REN21 steering committee “confirms hydropower’s role in the renewables family,” according to a press release. “Hydropower can enable the greater penetration of other renewable technologies. As an energy storage technology, and because of the speed at which hydropower plants can bring power online, hydropower is an essential element in renewable energy systems which include less predictable energy sources such as wind and solar power.”
Elections took place during the 16th REN21 steering committee meeting and general assembly on Oct. 7 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.