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Alternative Energy / Hydroelectric

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…

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…

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