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Alternative Energy / Hydroelectric

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…

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…

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…

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 —…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A Detailed Look at Hydroelectricity's Potential

Jan 03, 2012 at 21:07 | Tom Murphy

Having now sorted solar, wind, and tidal power into three “boxes,” let’s keep going and investigate another source of non-fossil energy and put it in a box. Today we’ll look…

New Mega-Dam to be Built in Alaska?

Dec 12, 2011 at 07:49 | James Burgess

Dams are used to generate hydroelectricity, prevent floods, irrigate farms and supply water to cities. However they also wreck ecosystems and can destroy the livelihood of families and communities, who…

South Africa Signs Major Energy Agreement with Democratic Republic of Congo

Nov 14, 2011 at 08:01 | John Daly

Africa has for the last couple of decades found itself between a rock and a hard place on energy issues, seeing foreigners race in to exploit hydrocarbon reserves (Nigeria, Angola,…

Despite Booming Economy, Brazilians Rally Against Amazonian Dam

Oct 31, 2011 at 08:37 | John Daly

No one in the developing world is against hydroelectric projects, which bring the benefits of power and development. Except perhaps the locals. Brazil’s proposed Belo Monte Amazon dam is experiencing…

Ethiopia's Hydroelectric Program - Boon or Folly?

Oct 24, 2011 at 07:48 | John Daly

Developing countries worldwide view the construction of power facilities as integral to their economic development to lift their populations out of poverty. Ethiopia has now embarked on massive hydroelectric schemes…

Tajikistan - The Future is Hydroelectricity - or Perhaps Not

Aug 30, 2011 at 08:49 | John Daly

Pity poor Tajikistan. The poorest of the former Soviet republics, after the 1991 implosion of the USSR Tajikistan slid the following year into a violent civil war, which saw Muslim…

Small Hydropower’s Negative Impact on The Environment

Jun 22, 2011 at 07:47 | SciDev SciDev

A belief that 'small' hydropower systems are a source of clean energy with little or no environmental problems is driving the growing interest in mini, micro, and pico hydro systems…

Hydroelectricity in Tajikistan: A glimpse at the Present and Future

Jan 25, 2011 at 06:54 | Eurasianet

The dam, the central feature of the Nurek Hydroelectric Power plant, stands 300 meters high, and supports nine hydroelectric generating units. The facility provides as much as 98 percent of…

Iran Sending Equipment to Tajikistan for Controversial Hydropower Plant

Jan 01, 2011 at 17:58 | RFE/RL staff

Iran has begun transporting equipment to Tajikistan for the construction of a controversial hydropower plant. Ali Asghar Sherdust, Iranian ambassador to Tajikistan, said today that 75 tons of mainly electronic…

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