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Alternative Energy / Hydroelectric

Tajikistan's Mega Hydropower Project on the Brink of Financial Turmoil

Feb 20, 2024 at 08:26 | Eurasianet

Tajikistan’s existential project to build the colossal 335-meter-high Roghun hydropower dam is proceeding apace, but costs are spiraling, and to a level that is making it hard to…

Taliban's Energy Project Threatens Pakistan's Water Supply

Dec 22, 2023 at 10:05 | RFE/RL staff

Plans by the Afghan Taliban to build a hydroelectric dam on a major river in eastern Afghanistan has raised concerns in neighboring Pakistan.…

Energy Emergency Spurs Kyrgyzstan's Hydropower Collaboration With China

Aug 03, 2023 at 08:34 | RFE/RL staff

Long-reliant on hydropower to keep its power grid up and running, Kyrgyzstan is grappling with nationwide electricity shortages so severe that the government declared a three-year energy emergency…

Ethiopia’s Controversial New Hydroelectric Dam Has Neighbors On Edge

Mar 31, 2023 at 11:51 | Felicity Bradstock

As the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam nears completion, following years of delays and conflict over water security, Ethiopia is optimistic about what this means for the country’s energy sector. However,…

New Storage Tech Will Elevate The Role Of Hydropower

Sep 02, 2022 at 07:52 | Oxford Business Group

As the world strives to meet net-zero emissions goals amid geopolitical and supply chain disruptions that threaten energy imports, emerging markets are turning to hydropower investment and storage…

Will Iran Emerge As A Renewable Energy Breakout Story?

Jun 24, 2021 at 11:27 | Vanand Meliksetian

Iran is without doubt one of the wealthiest countries in terms of energy production. Not only does the Middle Eastern country possess the world’s 2nd largest natural gas reserves and…

Underground Hydropower Could Be Britain’s Ultimate Renewable Power Source

Feb 10, 2021 at 12:37 | Felicity Bradstock

The U.K.’s hilly landscape could provide the perfect storage solution for hydropower generated underground. Instead of using mountains and dams to store hydropower energy, hundreds or even thousands…

China Eyes Hydropower Projects Around The World

Jul 24, 2020 at 17:43 | Vanand Meliksetian

In the world of hydropower two factors matter when considering the construction of a dam for electricity production: the movement of large quantities of water and rapid changes…

U.S. Hydropower Disaster Causes $1 Billion In Damages

May 27, 2020 at 14:58 | Julianne Geiger

A catastrophic dam failure at a Michigan hydropower facility this month has left thousands stranded, highlighting the fact that when it comes to clean energy, it’s not all…

The Dark Side Of Hydropower

Feb 24, 2020 at 14:04 | Irina Slav

Hydropower is the largest single source of renewable electricity in the world, dwarfing solar and wind. As such, it has established a positive reputation in the media and many…

Why Pakistan’s New Energy Proposal Is A Double-Edged Sword

Oct 25, 2019 at 16:57 | RFE/RL staff

A new proposal by Pakistani officials could bring much-needed energy to people in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan during the frigid winters in a long-planned project that will also see Central Asian…

Tajikistan’s New Hydroelectric Plant Can Benefit Entire Region

Mar 09, 2018 at 17:10 | Eurasianet

In the boldest signal of bilateral amity to date, Uzbekistan’s president announced during a seminal visit to Tajikistan on March 9 that he intends to support the major hydropower project…

Cheap Energy Draws Bitcoin Miners To Canada

Jan 16, 2018 at 13:05 | Michael Kern

A new leak has sprung from China’s bitcoin rumor pool. And while markets have grown resilient of such news, this new potential crackdown seems to have spooked miners. China’s bitcoin…

Canada Aims To Solve U.S. Nuclear Woes

Oct 16, 2017 at 16:56 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Canada believes it may have the answer to replacing some U.S. nuclear capacity with other forms of carbon-free energy.   When New York state and Massachusetts retire three nuclear reactors…

The Mysterious Company Behind Kyrgyzstan's Hydro Disaster

Sep 19, 2017 at 12:04 | Eurasianet

It is back to square one for Kyrgyzstan, as the Central Asian state strives to build a giant hydropower plant. Representatives of a little-known entity from the Czech Republic, which…

U.S. Failing To Harness Hydro Power Potential

Nov 26, 2015 at 13:56 | Michael McDonald

One of the more interesting types of green energy is hydroelectric power. Among green energy sources, hydroelectric power is second only to nuclear power in…

The World’s Most Dangerous Dams

Aug 25, 2014 at 17:27 | Llewellyn King

Hydroelectric dams are a nifty way of producing a huge amount of power, but they do not last forever. This is a tale of two dams that will fail unless…

Once Mighty Hydropower Falls Behind Other Renewables

Aug 21, 2014 at 18:28 | Andy Tully

For decades, hydropower has been the chief source of clean and renewable energy in the United States, but new federal statistics show that it’s about to be eclipsed by…

Global Hydroelectric Use On The Rise

Aug 06, 2014 at 16:26 | Amy Gleich

Until 1948, Hoover Dam was the largest hydroelectric plant in the world. It’s still the most visited dam in the world,…

Just How Green is Hydroelectric Power?

Jun 04, 2014 at 16:25 | SciDev SciDev

Hydroelectric dams are the quintessential expression of human control of nature. As well as power, they create reservoirs of clean water, which to some are both pleasing to the…

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