2022 Hydropower Status Report

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Now in its ninth edition, the 2022 Hydropower Status Report is published at a key moment in the clean energy transition.

The 2022 Hydropower Status Report finds that:

  • Global installed hydropower capacity rose by 26 GW to 1360 GW in 2021
  • 4,250 TWh of clean electricity was generated from hydropower, 1 and a half times the entire electricity consumption of the EU
  • Around 80% of new hydropower capacity installed in 2021 was in a single country – China
  • 4.7 GW of pumped storage hydropower was added to the grid, triple the amount added in 2020.

However, the report finds that this growth is not enough to reach net zero targets.

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