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Company managers tell Senate estimates the $2bn project announced by the PM has not counted a large cost factorThe expansion of the Snowy Hydro Scheme, touted by the prime minister as costing $2bn, will likely blow out to more than $3bn, Senate estimates was told on Tuesday.The idea of expanding the Snowy Hydro Scheme, adding 2,000MW of capacity and storage, was announced by Malcolm Turnbull in March
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2017-05-23 02:33:47
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‘There is an acute danger of politicians panicking’ about energy demand and costs, Grattan Institute report warnsA new report has warned the Turnbull government the national electricity market is at “crisis point”, with rising energy prices for consumers and increasing concerns the grid cannot meet demand
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2017-05-21 15:16:03
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1,100-tonne Zeynel Bey monument relocated despite legal challenge to Tigris river construction projectAn enormous 15th-century tomb in south-eastern Turkey has been moved to make way for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river.
The 1,100-tonne Zeynel Bey monument was lifted whole on Friday and transported more than a mile on a wheeled platform, the state-run Anadolu news agency said
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2017-05-12 11:04:11
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A federal court in Brazil suspended the operating license of the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on environmental grounds, according to a statement late on Thursday from federal prosecutors in the state of Pará.
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2017-04-07 11:26:18
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Activists warn of serious environmental consequences for UN-backed hydro projects in Nepal, Tajikistan and the Solomon IslandsPlans to earmark more than $136m (£109m) of UN money for large dam projects in Nepal, Tajikistan and the Solomon Islands have been angrily condemned by activists, who have warned the projects could have serious environmental consequences
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2017-04-04 00:00:42
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A tunnel under construction beneath a Norwegian mountain is just one link in a new grid that will cross national bordersMore than 2km down a dark tunnel deep inside a Norwegian mountain, a drilling machine is boring out holes in the rock. It’s part of a major project that will connect Britain to Norway’s huge hydroelectric power supplies, passing power lines through the mountain near Kvilldal, southwest Norway, before laying the world’s longest undersea power cable, 450km long, to Blyth in Northumberland
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2017-03-16 16:30:01
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MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government said on Thursday it may spend up to A$2 billion ($1.5 billion) to expand a huge hydro power scheme to help solve an energy crisis, although the main owners of the dam have yet to be consulted.
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2017-03-15 23:28:30
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Opposition leader to dig in behind ETS and goal of sourcing 50% of electricity from renewables by 2030The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, will dig in behind his party’s goal of sourcing 50% of Australia’s electricity from renewables by 2030 and the party’s proposed emissions trading scheme, arguing they are vehicles to drive new investment in clean energy
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2017-02-22 13:11:09
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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Drought in Kenya means the African country will have to generate more of its electricity using diesel due to a fall in hydroelectric power, with the energy ministry predicting a rise in prices between now and March.
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2017-01-09 07:39:59
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A global campaign to promote 100% renewable energy use in the business world means more Silicon Valley giants are now investing in solar and wind electricityTech giants are jockeying to be the first to hit a 100% renewable energy goal. Google, which has invested in solar and wind energy for a decade, intends to get there by 2017
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2016-12-06 10:53:11
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A technology to capture carbon dioxide from fossil fuel power plants has struggled to become affordable Donald Trump has tossed around the term “clean coal” in his murky plan to boost jobs in the fossil fuel industry for months now. Most recently in a video in which the president-elect vowed to “cancel job killing restrictions on the production of shale energy and clean coal, creating many millions of high-paying jobs” during his first 100 days in the office
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2016-12-04 11:14:44
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Environmentalists celebrate as Beijing appears to abandon plans to build giant hydroelectric dams on 1,750-mile NujiangEnvironmentalists in China are celebrating after controversial plans to build a series of giant hydroelectric dams on the country’s last free-flowing river were shelved.
Activists have spent more than a decade campaigning to protect the Nujiang, or “angry river”, from a cascade of dams, fearing they would displace tens of thousands of people and irreparably damage one of China’s most spectacular and bio-diverse regions
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2016-12-02 02:35:18