A review of hydropower projects in Nepal

Firoz Alam, Quamrul Alam, Sumon Reza, SM Khurshidul-ul-Alam, Khondkar Abdus Saleque, Harun Chowdhury

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Power generation using hydro resources offers sustainable, zero energy input cost, zero greenhouse gas emission, low operating and maintenance cost alternative to fossil fuel based power generation. Currently, nearly 17% of the world's total power generation is based on hydro resources and its share to renewable power generation is 70%. Although hydropower is produced in 150 countries, Nepal's economically feasible hydropower generation capacity is one of the highest. However, this huge hydropower potential is still untapped. By harnessing the hydro resources Nepal can meet its domestic demand, create a surplus for export and generate employment for its citizens. This paper reviews Nepal's current hydropower resources, projects, future plan and their impact on the economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-585
Number of pages5
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Economic Impact
  • Energy Security
  • Environmental Impact
  • Hydropower
  • Power Trading

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