Due to droughts, hydropower generation decreased in 2021 for the first time in two decades, despite relatively high capacity growth
In the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario, hydropower maintains an average annual generation growth rate of about 3% in 2022-2030 to provide approximately 5 700 TWh of electricity per year. In the last five years the growth rate was just one-third of what is required, signalling a need for significantly stronger efforts, especially to streamline permitting and ensure project sustainability.
Without major policy changes, global hydropower expansion is expected to slow down this decade
Hydropower increased in 2020, generating more electricity then all other renewables combined
Low-Emission Fuel Supply
Sectoral OverviewNot on track
Sectoral overviewMore efforts needed
Technology deep diveMore efforts needed
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Climate Impacts on South and Southeast Asian Hydropower
Key World Energy Statistics 2021
World Energy Balances: Overview
Hydropower Special Market Report
Analysis and forecast to 2030
Hydropwer is the largest source of renewable electricity in the world and it is particularly suited to providing system flexibility. The Hydropower TCP is a global platform for advancing hydropower technology, encouraging the sustainable use of water resources for the development and management of hydropower.