THE TOP RENEWABLE
Hydropower* is the most important and widely used renewable source of energy:
key regional renewables indicators (2000)
- it represents about 17% of total electricity production worldwide;
- between 1992 and 2002, the generation of hydroelectric power increased at an average annual rate of 1.8%;
- small-scale hydro deployment** worldwide is increasing at about 900MW annually and is expected to reach 55,000MW/year by 2010. Rapid expansion is expected in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
in TPES* %
TPES: Total primary energy supply.
*Hydropower: electricity generation using the power of falling water, through dams and reservoirs.
** Small-scale hydro schemes are typically defined as having an installed capacity of less than 10MW. They generate electricity by converting the energy available in flowing water (rivers, canals or streams).