Hydropower in the U.S.


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to information published at Statista.com, China is responsible for the largest share of hydropower consumption in the world — in 2017, China accounted for approximately 28.5 percent of the world’s hydropower consumption. Canada took second place with 9.8 percent, while Brazil’s consumption amounted to 9.1 percent. The United States came in fourth, just ahead of Russia; the U.S. accounted for 7.3 percent of the world’s hydropower consumption while Russia consumed 4.5 percent.


The overall hydropower consumption in the United States amounted to 60.3 million metric tons of oil equivalent in 2013. In 2014, this amount decreased to 57.9 million metric tons of oil equivalent.

Generally, hydropower consumption in the U.S. increased from 2015 to 2017. In 2015, the consumption of hydropower in the country amounted to about 55.8 million metric tons of oil equivalent. It increased to 59.7 million metric tons in 2016 and spiked in 2017, reaching 67.1 million metric tons of oil equivalent.


The graph below represents the leading states in hydropower generation in the U.S. in 2017. Washington came in first here, generating 21,139 megawatts. California generated the next most hydropower capacity in the same year (10,061 megawatts). Oregon took third place, generating 8,451 megawatts. New York and Alabama rounded out the top five, generating approximately 4,684 megawatts and 3,319 megawatts respectively.

Other large hydropower producers included Arizona and Montana, which generated 2,718 megawatts and 2,671 megawatts respectively.


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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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