Hydropower & renewables

July 2016

Hydropower

  • The amount of power generated by hydroelectricity in the US is expected to exceed 2.4 quadrillion Btu in 2016, accounting for 24.2% of the country’s total renewables consumption. The El Niño weather pattern has boosted hydropower generation by ending the long-running drought in California. The US will add 300 MW of hydropower capacity in 2016 at dams that have not previously had units installed. The US had a total hydropower capacity of nearly 80 GW in April 2016.
  • Hydropower levels in Brazil have strengthened as a result of the end of El Niño. Hydropower’s share of electricity generation is projected to rise to 69.5% in 2016 compared with 64% in 2015 (see Brazil won’t buy gas to meet Olympic Games power demand, GGA July 2016).