HYDRO- Generation and Consumption

The 10 Biggest Hydroelectric Power Plants In The World


Three Gorges, China

Itaipu, Brazil & Paraguay

Guri, Venezuela

Tucuruí, Brazil

Grand Coulee, United States of America

Sayano-Shushenskaya, Russia

Longtan, China

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Robert-Bourassa, Canada

Churchill Falls, Canada



World Hydropower Statistics

This interactive map shows the latest available data for national hydropower installed capacities.

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Hydropower Benefits Every U.S. State.




Most U.S. Hydropower Capacity Is In The West

More than half of U.S. hydropower capacity for electricity generation is concentrated in Washington, California, and Oregon. Washington has the most hydroelectric generating capacity of any state and is the site of the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest hydropower facility in the United States. New York has the largest hydroelectric capacity of all states east of the Mississippi River, followed by Alabama.

Most hydropower is produced at large facilities built by the federal government. The West has many of the largest hydropower dams. Many smaller facilities also operate around the country.

The share of U.S. total hydropower generation capacity by the top five states in 2015:

Washington—27%,     California—13%,    Oregon—11%,    New York—6%,    Alabama—4%






   The map above shows the amount of electricity produced by hydroelectric dams in each of the nations of the world. The United States leads the world in hydroelectric dams, mostly due to its high level of technology and plentiful supply of rivers. Canada, Brazil, and China also produce a large amount of hydroelectricity. Africa and Southeast Asia are not able to produce much hydroelectricity, likely due to a lack of money and technology. Hydroelectricity is ultimately derived from solar energy, by evaporating surface water and returning it to higher elevations as rain and snowfall.   earth.rice.edu



Hydroelectric Power Water Use

Hydroelectric power for the Nation

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Hydroelectric-Power Production In The United States And The World

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