Hundreds missing after hydroelectric dam collapse in Laos

State media has yet to put an official figure on the number of people killed or injured

Macca and celeb pals protest against Amazon dam

UK celebrities are backing a campaign to save the Amazon from destructive hydroelectric dams. Paul McCartney, Sir Roger Moore, Joanna Lumley and Michael Palin are among those who have called for Brazil to recognise the land rights of the Amazonian Munduruku People. Their territory is threatened by plans to build a complex of five dams […]

Canada waves on new hydroelectric dam

A new hydropower plant in the Canadian province of British Columbia bagged planning approval yesterday. Building is set to start in summer 2015 on Site C, the third dam and hydroelectricity station on the Peace River. Costing C$8.7bn (£4.8bn) and meant to stand for 100 years, it will pump about 5,100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of […]

Chinese and Portuguese firms to invest $2bn in African energy

China Three Gorges Corporation and Energias de Portugal (EDP) are to invest $2 billion (£1.24bn) in Africa by 2020. Speaking at the Africa Investment Summit in Hong Kong, Joao Marques da Cruz, Executive Director for EDP said: “Mozambique will be a very important place,” according to the South China Daily Post. The investment will be […]

Brazilian court halts building of huge Belo Monte dam

Federal courts in Brazil have forced a halt to building works on what was set to be the world’s third largest hydropower plant in the world. This week the courts ruled the local indigenous population had not been properly consulted about the impact of the Belo Monte Dam which will generate 11,000 megawatts (MW) of […]

SSE plan major hydro storage scheme

SSE’s renewable energy development division has submitted an application to the Scottish Government to construct a pumped storage hydroelectric scheme to the north-west of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. SSE Renewables says the project could have a power capacity of 600MW. In the form of a reservoir, the scheme could store up to 30GWh, […]