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.