In Spain alone, the total output from hydro power last year was 11,548GWh, a 46% increase on the 2002 figure of 7903GWh. Some 11.8% of Spain’s total electricity in 2003 came from hydro power.

On the other side of the Atlantic, high rainfall last year allowed a 21% increase in output at Brazil’s Cachoeira Dourada hydro plant over 2002.

Of Endesa’s total global output of 162,087GWh last year, 30% came from the company’s hydroelectric stations.