Hydropower Status Report

Published in May 2020
Worldwide hydropower capacity and generation data, industry trends, and insights from IHA's team of analysts.

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global installed hydropower capacity

1,308 gigawatts

Now in its seventh edition, this year's report shows hydropower installed capacity reached 1,308 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, as 50 countries and territories completed greenfield and upgrade projects.

Electricity generation from hydropower hit a record 4,306 terawatt hours (TWh), the single greatest contribution from a renewable energy source in history.

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East Asia and Pacific

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North and Central America

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South America

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South and Central Asia

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Key developments

The Covid-19 crisis has underlined the hydropower sector’s resilience and its critical role in delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy, especially at times of crisis.

The world added 15.6 GW in hydropower installed capacity in 2019. This represents an annual rise of 1.2 per cent, but is down on the 21.8 GW recorded in 2018.

India has overtaken Japan as the fifth largest world hydropower producer with its total installed capacity now standing at over 50 GW. Read the press release.
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IHA CEO Eddie Rich's foreword to the 2020 Hydropower Status Report.
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Country data

View hydropower capacity and generation data by country.
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Watch our webinar on the key findings from the 2020 Hydropower Status Report.
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Growth by region

In 2019, the world region to install the most hydropower capacity was East Asia and the Pacific, followed by South America and then South and Central Asia.

Top ten countries

In 2019, the countries with the highest increases in hydropower installed capacity were Brazil (4.92 GW), China (4.17 GW) and Laos (1.89 GW).
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