Hydropower in Asia

Authored by: Arthur A. Williams

Routledge Handbook of Energy in Asia

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138999824
eBook ISBN: 9781315656977
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This chapter explains the significance of water power as the largest contributor of renewable energy for electricity generation in Asia. This is a continent with massive hydropower resources, which has seen large growth in power generation over the last 20 years. However, there is a big variation in the development of this industry across the continent from a country such as Nepal where 97% of economic potential is still untapped, to Japan where over 70% of potential has already been developed. Whereas hydropower is renewable and contributes to low-carbon energy, it sometimes comes at the cost of social and environmental disruption. Current concerns and developments are considered, with examples from around the continent.

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