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Alternative Energy / Hydroelectric

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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…


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