Lipovec hydroelectric power plant is the last stage on the diversion channel Krpeľany-Sučany-Lipovec and downstream this HPP the diversion empties into the Váh riverbed. As is the case with the other HPP´s on this channel, also the Lipovec HPP has a total maximum usable flow of 210 m3.sec-1, giving the entire cascade the possibility of operating particularly in peak-load operation.
Slovenské elektrárne operates 31 hydroelectric plants. Their combined output is 1,652.7 MW, representing approximately 38.4% of the Company’s total installed capacity. Majority of the installations is located on the Váh River cascade, or the longest river in Slovakia. On average, the hydroelectric sources generate 2,070 MW annually (consumption of pumped storage power stations excluded), or some 11% of the electricity produced by Slovenské elektrárne.
Because of their very variable power output and operational flexibility, hydroelectric plants are capable to satisfy the swiftly changing demands in the daily-load diagram, pairing nicely with the base load supply covered by nuclear power plants. Slovenské elektrárne has 736.6 MW installed in river hydropower plants and 916.4 MW in pumped storage power stations.