Kikagati hydropower
Stortemelk Hydro Scheme, Clarence FreeState, SA

More than 21.8 GW of renewable hydroelectric capacity was put into operation in 2018, according to the 2019 Hydropower Status Report published this week.

According to the report, government ministers from Canada, Indonesia, Nepal, Uganda and Uruguay contribute policy interventions to the sixth edition of the Hydropower Status Report, each emphasising the need for investment in renewable energy, and especially hydropower, to help countries achieve sustainable development.

Electricity generation from hydropower projects achieved a record 4,200 TWh in 2018, the highest ever contribution from a renewable energy source, as worldwide installed hydropower capacity climbed to 1,292 GW. Read more: Malawi: JDA signed for hydropower plant

China added the most capacity with the installation of 8,540MW, followed by Brazil (3,866MW), Pakistan (2,487MW), Turkey (1,085MW), Angola (668MW), Tajikistan (605MW), Ecuador (556MW), India (535MW), Norway (419MW) and Canada (401MW).

According to the report findings, Brazil has now become the second largest producer of hydroelectricity by installed capacity, reaching 104.1 GW in 2018, surpassing the United States at 102.7 GW. The world largest hydropower producer is China with 352.3 GW of installed capacity. Read more: Hydropower accounts for largest share of installed renewable capacity

The Hydropower Status Report, published by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), is an authoritative guide to key trends in hydropower development. Compiled by IHA’s team of analysts, the report presents latest capacity and generation data from more than 200 countries and territories.