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

Could hydropower be swing in the wrong direction for carbon?

Hydroelectric dams in the Amazon could be increasing carbon emissions by allowing vines to outnumber trees. Researchers from the University of Stirling claim vines called lianas, which have been popularised as Tarzan’s favourite form of transport, are much better suited than trees to adapting to the ‘forest fragmentation’ caused by the supposedly clean form of […]

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 […]

E.ON to sell Italian power plants for $1bn

E.ON plans to sell its Italian hydroelectric power plants for nearly $1 billion (£0.64). ERG Power Generation is to buy the entire Terni Hydroelectric Complex which covers the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche. It consists of 16 hydropower plants, one pumping station, seven large dams and three reservoirs (Salto, Turano and Corbara). With an overall capacity […]

Hydro energy storage project un-loch-ed in Scotland

A hydroelectric energy storage facility in Scotland got the all clear from Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing today. The ‘pumped storage system’ is being developed by SSE and will involve two bodies of water at different heights. During periods of low demand for electricity, power will be used to pump water from the lower body […]

Fire at Nepal’s hydroelectric plant

Power generation at a hydroelectric plant in Nepal has been halted after a fire broke out this week. State-owned Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) confirmed the accident at the 32MW Kulekhani 2 plant, which destroyed three transformers worth Rs 330 million, reports claim. The transformers help step up the voltage for transmission to power substations. According […]

Portugal generated 70% of energy from renewables

An estimated 70% of Portugal’s electricity needs came from renewable sources in the first quarter of the year. The country’s grid operator REN suggested the record-breaking figure could be due to favourable weather conditions for hydroelectric and wind energy generation. Data from REN showed power from hydroelectric stations between January and March this year increased […]

Germany’s energy transition could save €570bn by 2050

Germany could save around €570 billion (£460.2 billion) by 2050 if it sticks to its plans of replacing nuclear with renewable sources. That’s according to researchers at the Renewable Energy Research Association, whose claim follows the nation’s plan to shut all its nuclear reactors within the next decade in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster […]

Firms increase renewable energy generation

More companies across the globe are now committed towards generating most of their energy through renewables. That’s according to a new report released today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and Vestas which looked at the level of renewable energy used by businesses around the world in an effort to provide transparency. The ‘Corporate Renewable […]

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, […]