Hydropower - Protecting the environment - supporting rural communities
Welcome to the website of the British Hydropower Association (BHA), an organisation that actively promotes and campaigns for hydropower in the UK, with the objective of increasing the awareness of hydropower, its quality and scope, on a global scale.
Hydropower, or water power, is one of the most reliable, predictable and least environmentally intrusive of all the renewable energy technologies and the BHA strives to ensure that its potential and associated economic benefits are fully realised.
The BHA is the only UK trade membership association that focuses solely on the demands of the growing hydropower sector, ensuring we represent the best interests of our growing membership, who in turn can call upon us for independent and experienced advice.
I hope that you will find the content on our website of value and interest. Here you will find information on the exciting progress of the oldest renewable technology in the world, which is now driving a new industry with some unique aspects:
- The highest UK content of any major renewables technology
- Utilising the UK’s most abundant natural resource - water
- Skilled and experienced engineering and consulting based in the UK
- Benefitting predominantly rural and often fragile communities with significant yet unobtrusive investment
- Providing remarkable value for money – in many cases installations can continue with minor refurbishments for 50-80 years or even longer
To join the BHA and enjoy the many benefits of membership, please click here
The hydropower sector in the UK is going through an exciting phase as government policy to limit carbon emissions provides an opportunity to develop hydropower projects which previously would have been unviable. Businesses, local communities and individuals are now involved and are playing their part in in the fight against climate change.
This in turn has stimulated interest in the manufacturing and service sector and there is also a significant and growing overseas market where well established UK skills, technologies and products will be in increasing demand.
Simon Hamlyn - Chief Executive Officer