US hydropower

U.S. Hydropower Generation Expected to Increase by 6% in 2024 Following Last Year’s Lows

Last year, U.S. hydropower electricity generation fell to its lowest since 2001. This year, we expect hydropower to increase 6% and account for 250 billion kilowatthours of electricity generation in the power sector, based on forecasts in our Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). We expect hydropower to increase in nearly every part of the … [continued]

Western U.S. Hydropower Generation Fell to a 22-Year Low Last Year

According to preliminary data from our Electricity Data Browser, the least hydropower was generated in the western United States during the 2022–23 water year (October 1 through September 30) since at least 2001. Western region hydropower generation dropped by 11% from the previous water year to 141.6 million megawatthours (MWh). Hydropower generation in … [continued]

EIA Expects U.S. Annual Solar Electricity Generation To Surpass Hydropower in 2024

We forecast that the United States will generate 14% more electricity from solar energy than from hydroelectric facilities in 2024, according to our Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). Our forecast is driven by continued growth in new utility-scale and small-scale solar facilities. For the first time in September 2022, the United States had … [continued]

Renewable Generation Surpassed Nuclear in the U.S. Electric Power Sector in 2021

Electric power sector generation from renewable sources totaled 795 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in the United States during 2021, surpassing nuclear generation, which totaled 778 million MWh. The U.S. electric power sector does not include electricity generators in the industrial, commercial, or residential sectors, such as small-scale solar or wind or … [continued]