Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Power
07-December-2011 16:59 IST
Utilization of Hydro Power Capacity
As per the re-assessment of hydro-electric potential carried out by Central Electricity Authority (1978-87), the hydro potential of the country has been estimated about 1,50,000 MW. As on 30.11.2011, the installed Hydro power capacity in the country (having station capacity above 25 MW) is 38748.40 MW.

The installed hydro power capacity at the end of 10th Plan was about 34,654 MW. About 6200 MW hydro capacity addition is likely to be achieved during 11th Plan, which will make the installed hydro capacity at the end of 11th Plan as 40,854 MW. During 12th Plan, about 9000 MW hydro capacity is planned to be added, which would make the likely installed hydro capacity at the end of 12th Plan as about 50,000 MW. It is expected that the full hydro potential would be developed in about 30 year time.

As per the information available, India ranks 7th in the world in annual hydro-electric energy production.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Power Shri K. C. Venugopal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.