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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil is planning to lower the estimated capacity of several older hydroelectric dams before they are privatized by state-controlled power holding company Eletrobras, a senior energy official told Reuters on Monday.
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2017-07-17 16:35:29
6 days ago      Leave a Comment
LUSAKA (Reuters) - A baboon plunged a Zambian tourist town into darkness on Sunday after tampering with equipment at a hydro-electric power station, the state electricity company said on Monday.
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2017-07-17 08:43:54
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017      Leave a Comment
BEIJING (Reuters) - Severe flooding across southern China has forced the world's largest power plant to slash capacity on Tuesday, delayed grain on barges and damaged farms along the Yangtze River, as the death toll rose to 56 and economic costs hit almost $4 billion.
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2017-07-04 06:13:07
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017      Leave a Comment
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
Sunday, May 21st, 2017      Leave a Comment
‘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
Friday, May 12th, 2017      Leave a Comment
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
Friday, April 7th, 2017      Leave a Comment
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
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017      Leave a Comment
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
Sunday, March 19th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Pumped hydro, big battery, solar thermal and solar PV and storage projects are already planned for South Australia’s power network When it comes to South Australia’s radical plans for energy storage to support its power network, all roads lead to Port Augusta – or all transmission lines, that is
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2017-03-19 18:11:58
Thursday, March 16th, 2017      Leave a Comment
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
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017      Leave a Comment
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
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017      Leave a Comment
When the federal energy minister was joined by the South Australian premier in a garage, he copped a verbal punch in the faceI’ve read somewhere that an unnatural quiet presages an incoming tsunami.
And so it was on Thursday, when the South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, and the federal energy and environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, sat up in dignitaries’ row, straight-backed, avoiding eye contact, at the unveiling of a virtual power plant in a suburban garage in Adelaide
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2017-03-15 21:04:25
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Kicking off our six-part series highlighting innovative community renewable energy projects across Australia, we visit the town of Daylesford in Hepburn Shire in rural Victoria. Despite early local opposition, residents have tackled the electricity crisis by building their own renewable energy projects, starting with a cooperative-owned windfarm and moving into the hydro power that was once a feature of the town Continue reading
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2017-03-14 19:57:47
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017      Leave a Comment
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
Monday, February 20th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Malcolm Turnbull says technology ‘mature and cost-effective’ as Australian Renewable Energy Agency grant announcedThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) has approved a $450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to investigate a pumped hydro energy storage project off South Australia as the state’s energy mix continues to cause a political storm
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2017-02-20 21:01:09