IHA’s World Hydropower Outlook available for download

7 June 2023

The International Hydropower Association has announced the first edition of the World Hydropower Outlook is available for download. The Outlook sets out a realistic roadmap to enable hydropower and other renewables to deliver against net zero targets. 

It shares a forward look at the future of hydropower, as well as being the go-to reference for the latest developments in hydropower, globally. 

Key highlights include:

  • 2022 marks the first time since 2016 that more than 30GW of hydropower came online, including 10GW of pumped storage (PSH).
  • Hydropower currently provides over 15% of the world’s electricity.
  • Current pipeline shows 590 GW of hydropower projects at various stages of development, including 214GW of PSH.
  • To continue momentum and reduce the 700GW gap, between pipeline and net zero pathways, governments must work collaboratively to boost investment, streamline licencing and introduce sustainable practice regulations.


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