From BBC News (link):
When it is finished it will be the largest hydro-electric power project in the world, its 26 generators pumping out 85bn kW-hours of electricity a year.
Critics say the human cost has been far too high. More than a million people have been moved to make way for the dam. At least 1,200 towns and villages will be submerged under the rising waters of the dam’s reservoir.
Activist Dai Qing says the dam is causing more problems than solutions, insisting: “The electricity produced by the dam is much more expensive than that produced in other ways, because it costs tons of money to relocate local people and to offset the disasters it has caused to build the dam.”