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The new Sustainable Recovery Plan
released by the International Energy Agency in response to the Covid-19
pandemic and economic crisis being felt across the world has recommended hydropower
and nuclear reactor modernization as one of key policy measures. The plan seeks
to show governments what they can do to boost economic growth, create jobs and
put global greenhouse gas emissions into structural decline. It sets out over
30 policy measures to be carried out over the next three years requiring about
US$1 trillion of additional annual investment (from both the public and private
sectors).

Figure: Annual average …

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[29 May 2020 | Topics: ]

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) published its 7th “Hydropower Status Report”. Report illustrates further decline of annually installed hydropower capacity, with “optimistic” estimate of only 15 GW added worldwide in 2019. We still tend to believe that the 12.5 GW figure from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is more accurate, because random check on the IHAs figures shows that to cheer-up report readership results for some countries were exaggerated: by 90 MW in Russia, by 250 MW in Ethiopia, and by 400 MW in Tajikistan, etc. However, our …

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[10 Apr 2020 | Topics: ]

Her Majesty’s Hydropower Construction at Cairngorms National Park (Image by ECOW. 2019)

The Daily Mail reported that the Queen has won over environmentalists an argument about developing 2MW hydropower scheme on River Muick in Scotland. The new hydro which affects natural ecosystems of Cairngorms National Park will supply the Balmoral royal estate and the expected net financial value of generation goes up to 650000 pounds a year. However, the 2020 report from IRENA on development of renewable energy proves that the Queen have chosen a failing unpopular technology, while many …

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[19 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

New benchmarking report finds little progress on social and environmental safeguards among key global players in hydropower

Despite the enormous diversity in
size, scale and geography of new dams being built, a relatively small number of
corporations are responsible for their construction. Thus the policies and
practices of these companies have tremendous implications for rivers and human
rights. This report provides context for this situation and features seven
in-depth case studies of dams at final stages of completion. The case studies
are evidence-based and descriptive of on the ground impacts; they cover a wide
geography, and are …

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[4 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

Lake Baikal shore in winter (RwB)

December 3. Moscow. Mongolia and Russia have finally signed an agreement on cooperation in electric power, development of which was triggered by Mongolia’s plans to build hydropower plants in Lake Baikal basin to achieve self-sufficiency in energy sector. On the part of Mongolia, such desire was partly due to lack of long-term agreement with neighbors for reliable electricity supply at affordable price.

The necessity for such agreement has been discussed at least since 2014 and was always viewed in conjunction with difficult negotiations on …

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Small Hydro, supported by the International Finance Corporation, blocking Langarica River in a national park in Albania . by Cornelia Wieser

As You, probably, know the main factor preventing rivers in EU to achieve “good ecological status” prescribed by the Water Framework Directive is “hydro-morphological alteration”, in other words – dams, dykes and other water infrastructure. One would expect, that policies of EU countries would be directed at removing and reducing this threat. Reality is shocking:

Europe’s rivers are damned by dams: Plans are drawn …