BHA Mission Statement

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Our Mission Statement

The British Hydropower Association (BHA) is the leading trade membership association solely representing the interests of the UK hydropower industry (from micro to large scale) and its associated stakeholders in the wider community, both in the UK and overseas.

Our Mission Statement is translated into clear objectives, enabling specific outcomes in line with our vision. They are to be a vehicle for:

  • Effective lobbying and liaison with the national and devolved governments and other agencies
  • Providing a technical, regulatory and political information source
  • Supporting and providing guidance and expertise to members
  • Promoting hydropower and increasing awareness of its quality and scope in the UK and overseas
  • Facilitating access to overseas markets
  • Organising events and networking opportunities
  • Promoting innovation and sustainability


“The BHA is the only organisation that solely represents the UK Hydropower sector. Our members range from all-scale hydro developers and generators, investors, consulting engineers to manufacturers and suppliers of equipment. The BHA works mainly in the UK and overseas supporting and promoting the hydropower industry. Hydropower is a well-established and proven technology. The first water turbines were built in the mid 1800’s and they have been developing ever since. Turbine efficiencies are rarely below 80% which is about double that of a steam turbine. Constant and continuing design improvements can bring significant efficiencies.

Research and development continues into providing new and more cost-effective solutions and improvements to the design and engineering of new hydropower schemes. Most of the hydropower in the UK has been developed, but resource studies have indicated that as much again of undeveloped potential is viable. At present 30% to 40% of the UK’s renewable generation is provided by hydropower. Globally, 17% of energy is supplied – and will continue to be supplied – from hydropower sources. The UK has been involved with the export of equipment and services for about 150 years – we still have the expertise and remain involved in business worldwide. It is a time of change and challenge for the hydropower sector and the BHA has some significant and challenging work ahead.”

CEO Statement

The Chairman's Statement


“Historical evidence from around the world shows that, despite the changing power generation landscape, hydropower continues to be sustainable and is with us for the long haul – it has to be – it plays a critical part in the energy mix. It is an efficient, effective and long lasting method of harnessing clean electricity. I am happy to talk about hydro all day, therefore it is a privilege to be appointed as the Chair of the BHA, the organisation which represents this fantastic technology within the UK.

I am looking forward to the challenge of steering ‘Team Hydro’ through the continually changing hydropower landscape. The BHA is uniquely placed to represent the interests of the UK hydropower industry through forthcoming policy and regulation changes, as well as to provide a common voice for our members. I am delighted that members, old and new, continue to support us and despite concerns over UK FiTs, membership remains steady.

As an organisation, we will continue to respond to the needs and challenges faced by the whole industry as well as individual members. With the help of the members and staff of the BHA will continue to engage with key stakeholders and decision makers to address those challenges. We must both protect our valuable industry and create new opportunities for the UK hydropower industry.”

Mary Drury (Chair – BHA)


The BHA board consists of 11 non – executive directors and 1 executive director in the chief executive officer. There is also a BHA Northern Ireland Representative and an Events and Conference contractor. There are 2 administrative assistants – one responsible for Finance and Accounts and another for Events and Membership. The work of the board covers a wide range of issues including, business, consenting, regulatory, commercial, Micro Hydro and National and devolved governments.

The BHA Board

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