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2. European Association Meeting

Pooling European hydropower interests and activities

Thursday, 30th November 2017


Target group:
European Hydropower Associations

09:00: Greetings
Dipl.-Ing. Johann-Georg Röhm, Managing Director of REECO Austria GmbH
09:05: Introduction and moderation:

Dirk Hendricks, Senior Policy Advisor, EREF (European Renewable Energies Federation)

Session 1: Current European developments
  • Revision of the Water Framework Directive. Current status and planned projects of the Commission
  • EU energy package. The EU energy package and its impact on hydropower (new business models, storage, etc.)
Session 2: Common Approach
  • How can the network be developed by European, national and regional decision-makers, which provides information to its members and the public and influences EU policies and legislation?
12:00: End of the meeting



Hydropower is a major contributor to generating power in the European Union: more than 50% of the electricity generated from renewable energy sources comes from hydropower plants. Globally, hydropower accounts for about 19 percent of global power generation. Europe ranks number one with around 35 percent of the hydropower installations worldwide, followed by North America, Asia and South America. However, at the European level, a strong and universally recognized structure representing the interests of the entire European hydropower sector is still lacking.

Content and Objectives:
As a central hub between Eastern and Western Europe, representatives from hydropower associations from individual European countries have chosen to meet in Salzburg in order to get to know each other better, define common interests and take further steps in improving the market conditions for the hydropower sector. They also aim to eliminate barriers limiting the further development of hydropower and to generate growth in electricity generation in Europe.

Vision for the future:
Establishing a network of European, national and regional decision-makers, which provides information to its members and the public as well as influences EU policies and legislation.

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