At the end of last year, the world’s total installed hydropower capacity reached 1,211 GW, including 145 GW of pumped storage.

wpid-hydropower-plant.jpgContinuing the trend of recent years, the majority of new hydropower capacity was commissioned in China, with total hydropower capacity topping 320 GW, according to the China Electricity Council – a 19.4 GW of new installed capacity.

The IHA briefing also identifies China’s increasing global influence as a sector trend.

For example, the Chinese-owned Three Gorges Corporation became the second-largest private power generator in Brazil, after buying concessions to operate two hydropower stations totalling 5 GW.

There was also increased hydropower capacity in Africa, with several major projects having recently been completed or nearing completion in Ethiopia, Guinea and Zambia.

Other notable sector trends identified by IHA include increased recognition of the value of electricity storage through hydropower, innovative financing options pioneered by the multilateral lenders, and the increasing influence of climate aspects on hydropower project design and rehabilitation.

Richard Taylor, chief executive of the IHA, said: “The latest data shows that the hydropower sector is continuing its strong growth trend across the world.

“The new Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate action have emphasised hydropower’s vital role in meeting the world’s energy, water and climate challenges.

“Through its ability to support clean energy systems and provide multiple water services, hydropower can be the key to realising the ambitious global targets outlined at COP21 [UN Climate Change Conference].”

The IHA is a not-for-profit, international organisation working to advance sustainable hydropower. IHA has members active in more than 100 countries, and also partners with other international organisations, research institutions, governments and civil society.

The association’s mission is “to advance sustainable hydropower by building and sharing knowledge on its role in renewable energy systems, freshwater management and climate change solutions”.

Key Trends in Hydropower is an annual briefing on important hydropower data and activities within the sector.

It is built on data from the IHA’s global hydropower database, which contains information on over 11,000 of the world’s hydropower stations.

The 2016 edition is expected to be widely cited as the most up-to-date source of statistics on hydropower development worldwide.

The IHA gathers statistics and monitors deployment and use throughout the year.

The briefing includes graphical information on hydropower capacity commissioned in 2015 by region; global total installed hydropower capacity at the end of 2015, broken down by leading countries; worldwide distribution of pumped storage capacity at the end of 2015; and hydropower’s contribution by region in terms of installed capacity, generation and technical potential

Source: GNA


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