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Alternative Energy / Hydroelectric

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…

Ethiopia's Hydroelectric Program - Boon or Folly?

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

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

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…

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