German hydroelectricity

Unlike Switzerland and Austria, Germany is not gifted with vast amounts of hydropower potential.

In 2017, Germany generated 19.7 TWh from 11.26 GW installed capacity in its hydroelectric plants, compared to the 198.1 TWh generated from all other renewable energy sources. This is 3% of Germany’s total electricity generation.

More than half of this capacity, 6.8 GW, is pumped storage, which provides an efficient means of storing excess electricity from wind and solar plants, at times when production is high but demand is low.

Potential for increasing hydropower in Germany lies mainly in repowering existing plants, but this is limited.