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Russian Concerns over Central Asia Threaten Kyrgyzstan Hydroelectric Plant

Apr 30, 2013 at 16:52 | Eurasianet

Last autumn, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev tried to clarify the Kremlin’s energy ambitions in Central Asia: Putin promised massive Russian investment in the…

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Iran Abandons Chinese Help, to Build World’s Highest Hydroelectric Plant Alone

Apr 01, 2013 at 17:58 | John Daly

Iran, pummeled by years of international sanctions, has had two energy goals.First, to preserve its dwindling international hydrocarbon market share, increasingly battered by years of U.S. and UN…

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Burma, Emerging from International Isolation, Pursues Major Hydroelectric Plans

Mar 22, 2013 at 20:01 | John Daly

What a difference two years makes.Since Burma’s junta in March 2011 allowed a nominally civilian government led by President Thein Sein, who had previously served as a general…

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Encouraging Solar Energy to Stand on its Own two Feet

Oct 17, 2012 at 17:42 | Gary Hunt

The search for market equilibrium is an elusive quest in the solar energy industry.  But the addiction to subsidies, carve-outs and other political favours has done little to improve the…

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Hydroelectric Dams Produce 20 Times more Methane Gas when Water Level is Low

Aug 10, 2012 at 17:42 | Climate Progress

Typically, at moderate sizes, power generated by dams and reservoirs is considered “green.” However, a new study from Washington State University has found that during times of drawdown —…

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Hydropower Provides 65% of Latin Americas Electricity Generation

Jun 26, 2012 at 16:05 | James Burgess

Hydropower is the most popular source of renewable energy in the world, and the overall main energy source in Latin America which boasted a capacity of 153GW in 2010, providing…

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South Africa to use Oceanic Currents for 24/7 Uninterrupted Renewable Energy

May 07, 2012 at 23:46 | John Daly

Renewable power faces a number of hurdles in gaining wide-scale acceptance.The first is the world’s commitment to “traditional” power sources, in which trillions of dollars have been invested…

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The Strange Case of U.S. Hydropower Legislation

Mar 15, 2012 at 18:24 | Daniel J. Graeber

A measure is on its way to the U.S. Senate that proposes easing some regulations for hydroelectric dams in western states. The bill passed easily through the Republican House of…

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Outrage over Dams Being Built as Part of India's Hydro Energy Scheme

Jan 23, 2012 at 18:11 | Open Democracy

In demonstrations barely reported in the media, peasants and students in the North-eastern Indian state of Assam are fighting together against a proposed gargantuan network of dams across the upper…

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Once Derided as an Expensive Folly, China’s Three Gorges Dam Goes From Strength to Strength

Jan 09, 2012 at 16:13 | John Daly

China’s Three Gorges Dam Project was launched in 1993 with a $27.69 billion budget. While the Three Gorges construction finished in late 2008, its final six additional turbines in the…

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