Hydroelectricity powering on

SAAEA 21 September 2012.

Hydroelectric power is one of the oldest and best established sources of renewable energy, and world hydropower capacity has been growing at a steady rate of about 3% a year since the 1960s. The bulk of hydropower is generated on a large scale using water stored in dams. But, lately, smaller-scale run-of-river hydro schemes have been gaining traction in many developing countries, especially in rural areas.

Hydropower constitutes the world’s largest source of renewable electricity, contributing nearly 16% of total electrical power generation in 2011…