Hydropower and pumped storage hydropower annual additions, main and accelerated, 2013-2024
Hydropower capacity increases forecast to be led by China, India and Brazil
Over the next five years, hydropower capacity increases 9%, led by China, India and Brazil. One‑quarter of global growth is expected to come from just three megaprojects: two in China and one in Ethiopia. But apart from these three large projects, new capacity additions are forecast to continue to decline. This is largely due to a slowdown in the two largest markets, China and Brazil, where growth is challenged by rising investment costs due to remaining economical sites being limited and to extra expenditures to address social and environmental impacts.