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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…

Argentina: Hydropower Plans and EU Bio-Diesel Duties

Nov 08, 2013 at 16:59 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The European Union appears to be punishing Argentina over the expropriation of Repsol YPF with higher duties on Argentine bio-diesel that will cost the industry dearly.Analysis:…

Belgian Minister Inaugurates Power Plant in Eastern DRC

Aug 30, 2013 at 21:31 | John Daly

Last month Belgium’s Minister for Cooperation and Development Jean-Pascal Labille in the company of Democratic Republic of Congo’s Orientale Province governor Jean Bamanisa opened the rehabilitated Tshopo hydroelectric facility in…

India, China, Among Others Eye Himalaya’s Hydroelectric Potential

Aug 14, 2013 at 19:18 | John Daly

For many, the Himalayas, site of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, and shrouded by Buddhist cultures such as Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, is a romantic region shrouded in mystery,…

Supply Policies Prevent Hydropower from Fulfilling its Potential

Jun 26, 2013 at 16:39 | Futurity

“We have a very clear realization that we need to make energy systems more sustainable,” says Seth A. Blumsack, assistant professor of energy policy at Penn State. “We want to…

Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam, Bad Idea?

May 08, 2013 at 17:10 | John Daly

Of the four BRIC nations, so beloved of Wall St. as the world’s economic future, only one, the Russian Federation, is a major energy exporter.India and China are…

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…

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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