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16.8% of global electricity is generated from Hydropower

What is Hydropower?

Hydropower is power derived from the energy of falling or fast-running water. The moving water is used to turn a turbine, which turns a generator which makes electricity. Most hydropower is made with dams that block a river.

Is Hydropower a low-carbon energy source?

The median estimate of lifecycle emissions from Hydropower is 24 gCO2eq / kWh. This is based on the Technology-specific Cost and Performance Parameters report from the IPCC.

Hydropower compared to other low-carbon energy electricity sources

Most significant producers of electricity from Hydropower

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