Global Installed Hydropower Capacity Clocks 1212 GW

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Agonza Innocent Atenyi
May 16, 2016

The world’s total installed hydropower capacity reached 1,212 GW, including 145 GW of pumped storage at the end of 2015.

This is according to the 2016 Hydropower Status Report published by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) last week.

The Crocodile River, South Africa. Hydro power is generated by using electricity generators to extract energy from moving water
The Crocodile River, South Africa. Hydro power is generated by using electricity generators to extract energy from moving water

Building on statistics published by IHA earlier this year, the report highlights that 33.7 GW of new installed hydropower capacity was commissioned in 2015, including 2.5 GW of pumped storage.

Alongside comprehensive hydropower statistics, the report provides detailed regional analysis and insights into global developments and trends in the sector, including the expected impacts of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate action. The 2016 edition is expected to be widely cited as the most up-to-date source of statistics on hydropower development worldwide.

Richard Taylor, chief executive of IHA, says that: “The 2016 Hydropower Status Report reflects a dynamic sector that is evolving to meet the challenges of the energy transition, which has been accelerated further by the recent international commitments.

“IHA continues to identify and advance hydropower’s role in enabling clean energy systems, responsible freshwater management and solutions for climate change.”

The International Hydropower Association (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 international organisations, research institutions, governments and civil society.

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