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


It is a real privilege to be appointed Chairman of the BHA.

The UK Hydropower sector has been an exciting place to work in over the last 10 years with exceptional levels of activity across a diverse industry.

Now the Association’s members are facing challenging times and I see it as the BHA’s role to protect and promote the sector in all its forms.

Hydropower’s simplicity, practicality and endurance captures people’s imagination and as a result, it has been the cornerstone of economic development and energy policy across the globe and there must be a role for this reliable, efficient, and flexible form of generation in the UK’s future energy plans.

It is important that the Association flies the flag for the industry so that stakeholders and decision makers know and understand what this wonderful technology has to offer.

It is also hugely important that these same stakeholders and decision makers appreciate the effect changes in policy and regulation have on our members.

The BHA will continue to address these matters acting as the common voice of the industry and I am very much looking forward to working with the CEO, his team, and the membership in the future.



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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