2020 Hydropower Status Report

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Now in its seventh edition, the 2020 Hydropower Status Report is published at a time of great global uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The report, compiled by IHA and its team of researchers and analysts, finds that:

  • Covid-19 has underlined the hydropower sector’s resilience and its critical role in delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy, especially at times of crisis.
  • A bold and ambitious green recovery plan involving significant investment in sustainable hydropower will be needed as part of the policy response.
  • Total global hydropower installed capacity reached 1,308 gigawatts (GW) in 2019.
  • Clean electricity generation from hydropower achieved a record 4,306 terawatt hours (TWh), the single greatest contribution from a renewable energy source.

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