Hydro in the UK
The UK has benefitted significantly from hydropower for well over a century and there is currently an installed capacity of 1676 MW, generating over 5885 GWh/year. In addition to this is there is around 2800 MW capacity of existing pumped storage.*
However, there does remain significant potential for further development, as independent surveys have identified a remaining practical potential for a further 2GW of capacity.
* World Atlas of Hydropower and Dams 2015
Government incentives, such as the Renewables Obligation and the Feed-in Tariff, have been a stimulus to past development, though new development will certainly slow due to tariff reductions.
The BHA works closely with the UK’s regulatory bodies to ensure that best practice is observed and future development can continue, where economically feasible.
A third of Britain’s electricity plant will be retired by 2025. The UK is committed to increasing renewable generation to 15% by 2020 and hydropower has a prominent role to play in the future energy mix.
Download the British Hydropower Installations map (this map was produced on 2011)