Hydro Library, New Development

Job Creation Opportunities in Hydropower

Key U.S. hydropower industry characteristics have been summarized below.

  • The U.S. hydropower industry current accounts for approximately 200,000 – 300,000 jobs.
    • The jobs span four specific value chain elements: 1) Project Development, 2) Manufacturing, 3) Project Deployment and 4) Operations and Maintenance
  • The U.S. has the second largest installed capacity of hydropower in the world at ~100 GW (including pumped storage).
  • Hydropower accounts for approximately 7% of overall domestic electricity production in the U.S. and ranked 10th worldwide in electricity production.
  • Over 400+ GW of untapped hydropower resource potential (inland and ocean) exists within the U.S.
  • Developing these untapped hydropower resources could contribute significantly to the emerging green jobs market in the U.S

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