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 data for national hydropower installed capacities as of 2017.
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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:

 updated 2018

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