Tag Archives: hydropower

Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

the itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant
The Itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant. Brazil gets more than 70% of its electricity from hydropower. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hydropower policy to be rethought in face of environmental concerns, indigenous sensitivities and public unease, says surprise government statement

January 4, 2018 — After swathes of forest clearance, millions of tonnes of concrete and decades of hydro-expansion, Brazil has raised hopes that it may finally step back from the construction of new mega-dams. Continue reading Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

The hydropower paradox: is this energy as clean as it seems

hoover dam near las vegas
Hoover Dam near Las Vegas. Hydroelectric dams are a rich source of greenhouse gas emissions, but the emissions aren’t part of global greenhouse gas inventories. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

New research finds that the world’s hydroelectric dams generate a surprising amount of greenhouse gas emissions

November 6, 2016 — In July, UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon highlighted the role of hydropower in boosting the use of renewable energy globally, when he visited a nonprofit institute in China that helps Continue reading The hydropower paradox: is this energy as clean as it seems

Amazon megadam denied licence over environmental, indigenous concerns

munduruku people
Munduruku people using stones to spell out “Tapajos Livre” in a 2014 protest (Pic: Greenpeace/Bruno Kelly)

The 8GW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydropower project is expected to get the thumbs down from Brazilian regulators, in move cautiously welcomed by activists

August 6, 2016 — A mammoth 8GW dam in the Amazon rainforest is set to be denied a licence, in a sign Brazil could be shifting away from hydropower.  Continue reading Amazon megadam denied licence over environmental, indigenous concerns

Alsons Renewable to spend $650M for hydro, solar projects

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SHIFTING FOCUS. Alsons Consolidated Resources, Incorporated, which is expected to contribute 600 megawatts of capacity to Mindanao, is shifting its focus to renewable energy.
Alsons Renewable will construct a hydroelectric plant along the Siguil River in Maasim, Sarangani

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 22, 2016) — Alsons Renewable Energy Corporation (AREC), a subsidiary of Alsons Consolidated Resources, Incorporated (ACR), earmarked $650 million to pursue investments Continue reading Alsons Renewable to spend $650M for hydro, solar projects