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US House of Representatives approves Bill to boost hydro

    A bill that could expand hydropower in the US has been approved by a majority vote of 257-166 in the House of Representatives, and will now move forward to the senate. Sponsored by Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017. H.R. 3043 aims to streamline the for hydropower facilities, primarily by designating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the lead agency in the process.


    शतप्रतिशत नवीकरणीय ऊर्जा उत्पादन गर्ने प्रतिबद्धता

      मोरक्कोको राजधानी माराकेचमा ४८ ओटा विकासोन्मुख राष्ट्रले आफूलाई आवश्यक पर्ने इन्धनको शतप्रतिशत परिमाण नै नवीकरणीय ऊर्जाका स्रोतबाट उत्पादन गर्ने प्रतिबद्धता व्यक्त गर्दैै एक घोषणापत्रमा हस्ताक्षर गरेका छन् । मोरक्कोको राजधानी माराकेचमा आयोजित विश्व जलवायु परिवर्तन सम्मेलनको अन्तिम दिन ‘जलवायु परिवर्तनले पार्ने असर नियन्त्रण गर्ने’ विषयक मञ्च–क्लाइमेट भल्नरेबल फोरम.....


      Preparing Renewable Energy Projects for El Niño

      Solar projects across the country need to take precautions now

        Even though many climate models hint that the coming El Niño may rival or even surpass the El Niño of 1997-98, the forecasted rainfall may still be unpredictable. However, what remains true is that the past decade of catastrophic wildfires and drought have left a parched landscape ill prepared for torrential rainfall, which can quickly create significant problems ......


        Indian Govt mulling to bring large hydropower units under renewable energy ambit

          The government is mulling to bring big hydropower plants under the ambit of renewable energy, giving the capital-intensive projects access to international funds and benefits available to green power, besides raising carbon-free generation of electricity as committed by India in UN climate talks. Power industry experts see this as a shot in the arm for hydropower projects,........


          China to Increase Wind, Solar Power Capacity by 21% in 2016

          China to add more than 20 gigawatts of wind power in 2016 ; China eyes at least 15 gigawatts of solar power additions

            China, the world’s biggest clean energy investor, plans to increase wind and solar power capacity by more than 21 percent next year as it works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting its reliance on coal. The nation is targeting at least 20 gigawatts of new wind power installations and 15 gigawatts of additional photovoltaic capacity next year, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on Tuesday.


            Helios Solar Energy links solar farm to Visayas grid

              Helios Solar Energy Corp. is seeking regulatory approval to construct a transmission line connecting its 132.5-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Negros Oriental to the Visayas grid. Helios, formerly called Phil-Power Solar Energy Corp. (PPSEC), filed an application with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to develop, own and operate dedicated point-to-point limited facilities to connect to the transmission system of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).


              Moroccan solar plant to bring energy to a million people

              A giant plant using energy from the Sun to power a Moroccan city at night will open next month.

                The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun's warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to power a steam turbine in the evening. The first phase will generate for three hours after dark; the last stage aims to supply power 20 hours a day. It is part of Morocco's pledge to get 42% of its electricity from renewables by 2020.


                Netherlands Is The 1st Country To Open A Solar Road For Public Use

                he world’s first solar bike lane is soon to be available for use in the Netherlands! The bike path that connects the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer is a 70-meter stretch of solar-powered roadway set to open for the public on November 12th, 2014.

                  The new solar road, which costs €3m (AUD$4.3m), was created as the first step in a project that the local government hopes will see the path being extended to 100 metres by 2016. More complimentary plans are also on the table as the country intends to power everything from traffic lights to electric cars using solar panels. School children and commuters see the bike road as very useful and a cool part of their daily ....


                  UC Merced Connect: Fulbright scholar to study Himalayan hydropower

                    UC Merced researcher David Rheinheimer has seen the Himalayas from many angles – from his home on the Yangtze River, from the foothills as a student in India and from the Nu River in Yunnan’s Three Parallel Rivers area. But as a 2015-16 Fulbright scholar, Rheinheimer will spend the coming year looking at the world’s highest mountain range....


                    39 GW of hydropower added in 2014

                    A new IHA briefing, 2015 Key Trends in Hydropower, shows that hydropower is continuing its strong growth trend with 39 GW of new capacity added in 2014.

                      The briefing, which also features analysis of trends and noteworthy developments in the sector, including increasing interconnections, a shake-up in manufacturing, more activity in ‘mature’ markets, and new sources of finance and investment. Over half of the capacity added in 2014 was in China, with 21.25 GW hydro and an additional 0.6 GW of pumped hydro installed. Other active countries...


                      WB-financed projects miss spending target

                        Spending by projects funded by the World Bank (WB) has been poor with disbursement reaching 5.3 percent as of January-end compared to the target of 13.2 percent. According to the WB, disbursement amounted to Rs 38.06 million during the period against the projected Rs 94.6 billion. The annual disbursement target for this fiscal as of Jan-end is 26.2 percent, or $188 million out of the total allocation.


                        Google Is Making Its Biggest Ever Bet on Renewable Energy

                          Google Inc. is making its largest bet yet on renewable energy, a $300 million investment to support at least 25,000 SolarCity Corp. rooftop power plants. Google is contributing to a SolarCity fund valued at $750 million....


                          Ethiopia to build two more dams for power generation

                          Local media reported that BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan have been selected to manage the bond sales.

                            Ethiopia is planning to build two more hydro-electric dams over the southern Omo River on border with Kenya for generating electricity, an Ethiopian spokesman said Saturday."Gilgel Gibe IV and V hydro-electric dams will be part of Ethiopia's next big projects during the next five-year national plan.....


                            BHUTAN TO GENERATE 11576 MW BY 2020

                              Bhutan, which is geographically much smaller and also has low hydropower potential than Nepal, aims to increase its installed capacity to 11576 MW within the next five years. Nepal will hardly generate 3000 MW by that time despite starting generation much before Bhutan.



                                Solar Power Net Metering ( Solar Thermal Magazine) – Recently Duke Energy joined other stakeholders in solar a net metering agreement in South Carolina. The Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) filed a comprehensive agreement Thursday with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) that spells out a balanced path for solar net metering in the state.


                                Construction of Central America's biggest hydroelectric dam is nearly finished in Costa Rica

                                  Workers from the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) on Thursday finished placing the last layer of rock and earth that will support the Reventazón hydroelectric project, which when completed will become the largest dam in Central America


                                  Cabinet approves Rs 32,600 crore power scheme

                                    The Cabinet has approved the Rs 32,600 crore Integrated Power Development Scheme ( IPDS) that will strengthen the transmission and distribution networks and metering in urban areas and smarten it with information technology. It also approved a Rs 43,033 crore scheme, which includes the requirement of budgetary support of Rs 33,453 crore, for rural areas to separate agricultural supply from non-farm supply.


                                    Texas sets a new wind power record in November

                                      Wind power set a new record in Texas this month with 10,301 megawatts of power generated, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Wind turbines set the record at 10:39 a.m. Nov. 2, providing 33.4 percent of the power within ERCOT, which covers 85 percent of Texas.


                                      India Cabinet approves investment in 1,000-MW Pakal Dul hydro project

                                        India's Union Cabinet has given investment approval for construction of the 1,000-MW Pakal Dul hydroelectric project and initial investment in two other hydro projects, all in India's Jammu & Kashmir State. Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the cabinet gave investment approval to build Pakal Dul on the Chenab River at an estimated cost of 81.1 billion rupees (US$1.3 billion).


                                        Indian Energy Exchange gears up for cross border power trade

                                        “Bangladesh interconnector has spare capacity of about 30-100 MW in different periods in the year. Nepal has strengthened existing 132 kV lines with Bihar. Necessary approvals are under process. We hope to achieve adding these countries as our participants soon,”

                                          In a move that would boost cross border exchange of electricity, country’s largest power bourse IEX expects to have participants from neighbouring Bangladesh and Nepal trading on its platform in the “next few months”.


                                          India’s Newest State to Hold 500-Megawatt Solar Auction

                                            Companies will be able to offer a tariff at which they would sell photovoltaic electricity. Those submitting bids to sell at the lowest rates will win, according to the rules. Financial bids will be opened on Oct. 7.


                                            World Bank Calls for Greater Use of Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

                                              The World Bank has reviewed the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol for hydropower development, concluding that developing countries should make greater use of it and that the bank should explore how to strengthen its financial sustainability


                                              World Bank reviews Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

                                                The protocol is a tool for measuring the environmental, social, technical, financial, and economic aspects of a hydropower project’s performance. It was developed by a multi-stakeholder forum featuring representatives from industry, civil society,


                                                World’s longest power transmission link commissioned

                                                  Power and automation technology group ABB has announced it has successfully commissioned the longest transmission link in the world, developed to bring electricity from two hydropower plants in the northwest of Brazil to São Paulo, the country’s main economic center.


                                                  Promoting hydropower’s role in renewable energy systems

                                                  Hydropower is the backbone of the renewable energy mix.

                                                  • International Hydopower Association

                                                  Hydropower has a central role to play in the grid of the future that will often be more based upon variable output renewable energy generation – especially wind and solar. Hydropower can act as a frequency regulator and energy store, and deliver a range of other ‘ancilliary’ benefits.


                                                  Case Study: Using OPC Software To Operate Wind Farms in Spain

                                                  • Darek Kominek
                                                  • renewableenergyworld

                                                  Wind power is increasingly becoming an established source of energy. High oil prices, global warming concerns and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima have all contributed to more people looking at renewable energy sources such as wind power...


                                                  Nepal: dams, ill-planned development have made Sunkoshi valley vulnerable

                                                  Five hydropower projects and large human settlement along Araniko highway should not have been there in the first place, says expert

                                                  • Alok Gupta

                                                  The landslide in valley of Sunkoshi mountain river in Sindhupalchowk district in Nepal has triggered an intense debate on unscientific and haphazard development in the geographically unstable regions of Nepal. The flooding and landslide in the region has transboundary impact, with Bihar facing flood threat. Nepal's Araniko highway runs through the region and is a crucial link to China...


                                                  संसारकै सस्तो विद्युतीय कार

                                                    चीनको साङ्घाई निवासी ५८ वर्षीय झाङ हाइटिङले आफ्नो एकल प्रयासमा सानो विद्युतीय कारको निर्माण गरेका छन् । यद्यपि, अन्य मानिसले पनि समयसमयमा आफ्नै एकल प्रयासमा कारको निर्माण गर्दै आएका छन् । तर, उनको यो निर्माण किन पनि फरक छ भने, यो कार वातावरणमैत्रीसमेत छ ।


                                                    Power-pinched pockets

                                                      A part from the “happy country” tag, Bhutan is also known, enviously, as the country with the cheapest electricity rates. Compared with the region, electricity is dirt-cheap in the country, but it is not going to be so, any longer.


                                                      A new beginning with Nepal

                                                      An early visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kathmandu will offer an opportunity to remove the accumulated cobwebs of mistrust between the two neighbours and focus on future potential

                                                        Two Indian companies preparing to construct three big projects in Nepal have been given assurance by the Indian government that electricity generated by them will be imported at a time when...