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Dynamics of RE Annual Additions Globally. Hydro Marked as Blue, Wind as Grey and Sun as Yellow (IRENA)

As economic attractiveness of hydropower goes
down world-wide, the sector seeks to find new sources of support. Climate
funding is the single most promising opportunity for hydropower to continue
ruining rivers and forests of the planet. Therefore, we at the RwB pay close
attention to these developments and want to share with You our recent comments on
the “Draft Hydropower Standard for Climate
Bonds” issued by the Climate Bond Initiative” –  the first consistent attempt to “Climatewash”
hydro in …

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[16 Sep 2019 | Topics: ]

Please, imagine that the Thinker bears the map of the world, the rest holds…

On Monday, September 16, the EU Commission of finance stops accepting
comments on the second draft of the Technical
report on “EU Taxonomy (of activities for
sustainable development eligible for green funding)”. The report sets
out the basis for a future EU taxonomy in legislation, contains technical
screening criteria for 67 activities across 8 sectors that can make a
substantial contribution to climate change mitigation. Similar document called “Catalogue of Green Industries” was
published in April by China.

According to the draft, the EU still
plans to support …

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Amur-Heilong River at proposed Taipinggou Dam site. Photo by Taipinggou National Nature reserve

New article titled “Freshwater Ecosystems versus Hydropower Development” published in the MDPI journal “Water” shows practical directions for sustainable hydropower planning, suggesting much more tangible and straightforward ways to avoid and reduce dam impacts, than those suggested in “ESG gap analysis tool” developed by International Hydropower Association.

Hydropower development inevitably causes
a multitude of negative effects on freshwater ecosystems, and to prevent and
minimize possible damage, environmental impact assessments must be conducted
and optimal management scenarios designed. This paper, written by …

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[31 Aug 2019 | Topics: ]

South Africa’s Bonang Power and Energy has been courting Ugandan elite and seeking hydropower contracts at least from 2015. Thus its web-site refers to official report of the Uganda State Palace on talks between the country’s President Yoweri and a delegation of an International Consortium of Companies from Russia and South Africa on May 29, 2015. The Russian based energy company – Gidroenergostroy (the RwB failed to identify specific company involved), along with Bonang Power and Energy Ltd from South Africa, were expected to establish additional generating capacity of 200 …

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[27 Aug 2019 | Topics: ]

Brazil has included four hydropower plants among the projects that will receive support as part of the country’s investment partnerships program, called “Programa de Parcerias de Investimentos” or PPI. 

According to BNamericas, the
government’s support will come in the form of environmental licensing studies
for the 650-MW Bem Querer, 140-MW Castanheira, 118-MW Telemaco Borba and 430-MW
Tabajara plants, fulfilling President Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign promise to
speed up the environmental licensing processes for large hydro plants.

Bem Querer, located in the Amazonas
river in Roraima state, is considered critical to Brazil’s energy security.
Roraima is the only state not …

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[10 Aug 2019 | Topics: ]

Classic image of Nessie and her habitat

The Times reported  that famed habitat of Nessie – the monster of the Loch Ness lake in Scotland is no longer threatened by large water infrastructure scheme.. Legendary monster may continue to enjoy unspoiled scenery and  hide its secrets at the bottom of famed lake.

Plans for a hydropower scheme that involves building a huge reservoir have been rejected after a councillor said he could not overlook the Whaley Bridge dam failure in Derbyshire (which lead to evacuation of 6500 residents due to …