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Report: Hydropower, other renewables continue growth

The newly released REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report shows that the renewable energy sector, including hydropower, continues to perform well despite continuing economic recession, incentive cuts and low natural gas prices.

Authored by Worldwatch Institute Senior Fellow Janet Sawin, in collaboration with a global network of research partners, the report shows that in 2010 renewable energy supplied an estimated 16 percent of global final energy consumption and delivered close to 20 percent of global electricity production. Renewable capacity, including hydropower, now comprises about a quarter of total global power-generating capacity.

Including large and small hydropower (an estimated 30,000 MW added in 2010), renewable energy accounted for approximately 50 percent of total added power-generating capacity in 2010. In 2010, existing solar water and space heating capacity increased by an estimated 16 percent.

The report was commissioned by the Paris-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, or REN21. Worldwatch staff Matthias Kimmel and Will Bierbower, Senior Editor Lisa Mastny, Senior Fellow Eric Martinot and Director of Climate & Energy Alexander Ochs also contributed to the coordination, research, writing and editing of the report.

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