A large share of the world’s power production comes from hydropower. In Norway, hydropower represents approximately 99% of the total electric power production. With 136 TWh of production as of 2020, this is the highest volume in Europe.
Norway has more than 100 years’ experience and world-class competence in building and operating hydropower plants. Over the past decades, older installations have been upgraded to increase operational efficiency. The operations are also designed to reduce the impact on the environment and help improve local biodiversity.
Hydropower generation in the Net Zero Scenario, 2015-2030
In 2022 global hydropower generation increased by almost 70 TWh (up close to 2%) to 4 300 TWh with a total capacity addition of 32 GW. Annual net capacity growth has slowed in recent years, due to fewer large projects being developed in China and Brazil. However, cumulative capacity is still expected to increase by an additional 230 GW by 2030 (IEA).