Hydropower is the most important and widely-used renewable source of energy. Hydropower represents about 17% (International Energy Agency) of total electricity production. China is the largest producer of hydroelectricity, followed by Canada, Brazil, and the United States (Source: Energy Information Administration).
Likewise, what countries are using hydroelectric power?
The map above shows the amount of electricity produced by hydroelectric dams in each of the nations of the world. The United States leads the world in hydroelectric dams, mostly due to its high level of technology and plentiful supply of rivers. Canada, Brazil, and China also produce a large amount of hydroelectricity.
Where is hydroelectric power used in the US?
In 2015, renewable energy accounted for 13 percent of the total net electricity generated in the United States [ii]. Hydropower accounted for 46 percent of that total. The states with the largest hydroelectric generation are Washington, California, New York, Oregon and Alabama.
Where is the largest hydroelectric power plant?
The Itaipu hydroelectric power plant with an installed capacity of 14,000MW ranks as the world's second largest hydropower plant. The project is located on the Parana River, at the border between Brazil and Paraguay.