The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has published its 2016 Hydropower Status Report.
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. At the end of 2015, the world’s total installed hydropower capacity reached 1,212 GW, including 145 GW of pumped storage.
The 2016 Hydropower Status Report is built on data from IHA’s global hydropower database, which has been developed in collaboration with regulators, ministries and electricity associations, as well as the world’s hydro plant owners and operators. This database contains information on over 11,000 of the world’s hydropower stations.
The report also 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 report includes in-depth reviews on key issues in hydropower development and policy, such as financial trends and climate resilience, as well as sustainability topics such as resettlement and indigenous peoples. The report also includes regional overviews and country profiles that cover developments in the sector around the world.
Richard Taylor, chief executive of IHA, said: “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.”
The report is available to download here.
IHA is a not-for-profit, international organization working to advance sustainable hydropower. IHA has members active in more than 100 countries, and also partners with international organizations, research institutions, governments and civil society.