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  • Carly Fiorina: The Man-Made Water Shortage in California

    04/10/2015 5:12:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 60 replies
    Time ^ | April 7, 2015 | Carly Fiorina
    It comes down to this: Which do we think is more important, families or fish? ...With different policies over the last 20 years, all of this could have been avoided. Droughts are nothing new in California — the state has suffered from them for centuries. The difference now is that government policies are making it much worse. Despite the awareness around this issue, liberals continue to develop and promote policies which allow much of California’s rainfall to wash out to sea. Specifically, these policies have resulted in the diversion of more than 300 billion gallons of water away from farmers...
  • Washington’s Redundant Fracking Regulations

    03/20/2015 12:23:52 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2015 | Jillian Kay Melchior Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415738/washingtons-redunda
    Congress has reserved that authority for states, but Democrats have elbowed in. Today the Department of Interior announced new fracking regulations for federal and Indian lands, issuing the first nationwide federal regulations of the booming industry. The regulations include rules about wastewater disposal, standards for well construction, and requirements for disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluid. But for years, states have competently overseen fracking. DOI’s redundant rules accomplish little, though they do give the federal government a new opportunity for overreach and meddling. “This is a solution in search of a problem,” says Dan Kish, senior vice...
  • Costa Rica powered with 100% renewable energy for 75 straight days {rains and geothermal}

    03/20/2015 5:27:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 46 replies
    Science alert ^ | 20 MAR 2015 | MYLES GOUGH
    Well done Costa Rica, well done. The Cental American country has achieved a major clean energy milestone, meeting 100 percent of its power demand with renewable energy for 75 straight days. “The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” the state-owned power supplier Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a press release. The ICE says the country's zero-emission milestone was enabled thanks to heavy rainfalls at four hydroelectric power facilities in the first quarter of 2015. These downpours have meant that, for the months of January, February and so far March,...
  • Now is the time to invest in real geothermal energy Thousands of drilling rigs are idle.

    02/22/2015 6:03:13 PM PST · by ckilmer · 55 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:17 PM | By: Lloyd Alter
    NN.COM › Earth Matters › Energy Now is the time to invest in real geothermal energy Thousands of drilling rigs are idle. Why not put laid-off roustabouts to work drilling for renewable energy? By: Lloyd Alter Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:17 PM 13Facebook 52Twitter 0Pinterest 0Google+   Hey, if we can drill for oil, we can drill for heat. (Photo: Getty Images, Roustabouts at Spindletop) In a recent post on ground source heat pumps, I purposely used a photo of a geothermal installation in Iceland to make the point that geothermal energy was a very different thing. Many complained...
  • Norway Wants to Be Europe’s Battery

    10/23/2014 5:26:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    IEEE ^ | 21 Oct 2014 | Peter Fairley
    A new HVDC line will let Europe store more wind energy in Norway’s hydropower system Norway’s hydropower reservoirs make up nearly half of Europe’s energy storage capacity. European grid operators need energy storage to cope with an ever-mounting, always-shifting torrent of wind power. See the connection? So does Norway. In December, engineers will energize a new subsea power cable that will begin to bridge the gap between need and opportunity, greatly expanding European power systems’ access to Norway’s hydropower-rich power grid. The 240-kilometer cable across the Skagerrak Strait separating southern Norway and northern Denmark is Norway’s first new power link...
  • The World’s Most Dangerous Dams

    08/26/2014 10:15:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 36 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 25 August 2014 | Llewellyn King
    ...The first is the Mosul Dam, which stretches across the Tigris River in a valley north of Mosul, Iraq. As dams go, this one is a civil engineering horror. The dam was captured on Aug. 7 by the Islamic State, and retaken 10 days later by... Should the two-mile-wide dam fail, which is likely, Mosul would be wiped out and the damage would extend to Baghdad. Loss of life could reach 500,000, and millions could be deprived of water and power: an immense catastrophe piled on the daily pain of Iraq. The second dam, in southern Africa on the Zambezi...
  • Current drought reduces hydro generation forecast for California

    02/07/2014 4:46:50 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 6, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Forecasts for the water supply at nearly every major water gauge in the states of California and Nevada were less than half of average seasonal norms as of February 5. The water supply situation has not materially improved since the governor of California declared a state of emergency on January 17. Several dry years have left California dealing with low water supply. The driest December on record has resulted in nearly 60% of the state now classified as being in a condition of extreme drought, the second-worst category in the U.S. drought monitor index. According to the California Department of...
  • Enbridge looking to build hydroelectric projects in B.C., Alberta

    12/16/2013 5:40:21 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Vancouver Sun via Calgary Herald ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2013 | PETER O'NEIL
    Enbridge Inc., through an anonymous numbered company, is seeking to build an undisclosed number of hydroelectric projects — many on salmon-bearing rivers and creeks on traditional aboriginal territories — in B.C. and Alberta, The Vancouver Sun has learned. Enbridge says they are part of the company’s green energy plans and are not being built to power pumps for the company’s proposed 1,177-kilometre Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat. But a spokesman indicated Enbridge’s motives are indirectly linked to the $6.5-billion pipeline. Ivan Giesbrecht said that during public consultations on the pipeline, the company heard many demands that it support...
  • Ethiopia powers on with controversial dam project

    06/02/2012 9:26:55 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | May 31, 2012 | Victoria Eastwood, Nima Elbagir
    The waters of the Blue Nile have for millennia flowed down from the Ethiopian highlands enriching the countries on its banks. The rocks that make up its riverbed have been eroded by Ethiopia's past and now that the construction of Africa's largest hydro-electric dam has begun, these same rocks are helping to build the country's future. The Grand Renaissance Dam project was announced last year by the Ethiopian government, in a unilateral move that is not sitting very well with its upstream neighbors. Egypt and Sudan say Ethiopia is threatening their greatest natural resource. If construction stays on schedule the...
  • Fish or Foul on the Klamath River

    05/15/2012 8:41:46 AM PDT · by Baynative · 48 replies
    AFPCalifornia ^ | 4/23/2012 | Americans for Prosperity
    The Department of Interior plans to destroy four dams on the Klamath River in Northern California so salmon can swim further than 180 miles up the river. But these dams provide water and flood protection to thousands of humans who also live along the river. Clean energy from these hydro dams supply electricity to 70,000 residents in the area. Despite a lack of scientific evidence that dam removal will help the fish, or any study on the human impact of dam removal, the DOI is pressing forward to have the dams destroyed. When their own scientist, Dr. Paul Houser, questions...
  • Feds take public testimony on proposed Susitna River dam

    03/27/2012 4:37:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 26th, 2012 | Anchorage Daily News
    A federal agency is holding public "scoping" meetings this week for a large hydroelectric dam project proposed for the Susitna River. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was to take public testimony about the Susitna dam project starting Monday evening in Anchorage. The public meetings are the first step for a required federal Environmental Impact Statement. Through the environmental review, the federal government determines whether and under what conditions to issue a license for the project. The latest cost estimate to build the dam is $4.3 billion, but some legislators think that is on the low side. The Legislature last year...
  • Land acquired for Hydro Power Project in Abbobat Abad.

    08/09/2011 3:37:30 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 3 replies · 1+ views
    www.allvoices.com ^ | 9 August 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 9 August 2011, the process of land purchase has been started for Pitrand Hydro Power Project (PHPP), Abbottabad / Azad Kashmir, and all other hurdle would also be removed in a smooth manner to pave the way for early initiation of construction work on this project. The Commissioner Hazara Division Mr. Khalid Khan Umerzai gave this assurance to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PHPP, General (Retd.) Farrukh Javed who called on him at the Commissioner House, Abbottabad, on Tuesday . The District Coordination Officer, Abbottabad, Syed Zaheer-ul-Islam, the PHPP General Manager Administration and Land Acquisition, Col. Ali Shan...
  • Venezuela to Begin Rationing Electricity

    06/16/2011 12:53:04 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | June 16, 2011 | Associated Press
    Venezuela will soon begin rationing electricity in several regions because of recurring power outages, the country's energy minister said Wednesday. Ali Rodriguez said he has ordered authorities to start scheduling rolling blackouts in affected regions and informing residents when they will be implemented. He did not provide details or say how many of Venezuela's 24 states would be affected. The plan was presented three days after Venezuelan officials announced measures aimed at saving electricity. They say power consumption must be reduced by 10 percent and have warned that hefty surcharges will be imposed on consumers who don't reduce usage. Venezuela...
  • Manitoba eyes new dam in $4 billion hydro deal with U.S.

    05/26/2011 10:54:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press via Calagary Herald ^ | May 26, 2011 | Bruce Owen
    A combined power deal between Minnesota and Wisconsin will kick off the construction of a new dam in northern Manitoba. The deal is worth $4 billion and will see Manitoba Hydro sell 475 megawatts southward starting in 2015. To meet that demand Hydro will have to build the $5.6-billion Keeyask Generation Station on the lower Nelson River 175 kilometres northeast of Thompson. “This is the largest dollar sale of exports that we’ve had in the history of Manitoba Hydro in absolute dollar terms,” Premier Greg Selinger said Wednesday. “We like to think of it as Manitoba’s oil, but more sustainable...
  • Windmills Being Shutdown Because North West Has More Electricity Than Infrastructure Can Handle

    04/15/2011 8:09:41 AM PDT · by dila813 · 39 replies
    K5 (YouTube) ^ | April 14, 2011 | MoxNewsDotCom
    http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2011/04/bonneville_power_administratio_2.html The Bonneville Power Administration wants to shut down Northwest wind farms this spring when hydroelectric dams are generating plenty of electricity as a huge mountain snowpack melts. The Portland-based BPA may have to limit production from wind farms to free space in the regional power grid, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday.
  • Study: New hydropower could add 12 gigawatts — without any new dams

    04/05/2011 8:41:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 52 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 5, 2011 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C., is that hydropower has already reached its potential and that the U.S. has maxed out the amount of energy it can harness from moving water. But renewable energy advocates are working hard to dispel that belief and propel legislation that would spur new hydropower projects at dams, irrigation canals and other sites. “It is a misconception that the hydropower resource is tapped out,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, D-Alaska. Hydropower is a “hard-working renewable resource . . . that often gets overlooked in the clean energy debate.” Even without building any new dams, the U.S....
  • Legislators hear plans for alternative energy

    03/15/2010 9:45:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 3/15/10 | Richard Maurer
    With some legislators fuming over the pace of in-state gas development and broadly supporting energy diversification, a special House committee summoned the promoters of six large Railbelt projects last week to explain themselves and whether they should be subsidized with public funds. One of the projects -- a wind farm already under construction by Cook Inlet Region Inc. on Fire Island -- is poised to change Anchorage's view to the west and the approach to the city's international airport. The Anchorage Native corporation, owner of the island, plans to prepare sites for 36 wind turbines this summer and have the...
  • Before-and-After Pictures: Underwater Church Reappears

    03/12/2010 5:54:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 1,270+ views
    You might call it an act of God. A severe drought in Venezuela has exposed a church—pictured in 2008 (left) and on February 21, 2010—that had been inundated when a hydroelectric dam was built in 1985. The 82-foot-tall (25-meter-tall) church and the Andean town of Potosi (see map) were flooded to establish the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir to power the plant, which is currently operating at just 7 percent of its capacity, according to the Reuters service. (Get news on the global water crisis.) The church is now an ominous symbol of energy shortages in the country, which gets around 68...
  • Hugo Chávez left in the dark as El Niño plays power politics

    02/22/2010 4:57:38 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies · 853+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | February 21, 2010 | Rory Carroll
    Hugo Chávez may be wondering, as Venezuela's taps run dry and its cities fall into darkness, whether God is on the side of the Yankees. The El Niño weather phenomenon appears to be taking sides as it parches leftist-ruled parts of South America and brings bounty to US farmers and corporations. One of the severest droughts in decades has given Venezuela's socialist president a political nightmare as hydro-electrical power dribbles to a standstill, unleashing blackouts, rationing and protests. The waters behind the Guri dam, which supplies more than half the nation's power, have touched perilously low levels. Chávez has declared...
  • Venezuela spurns Colombian electricity offer

    02/17/2010 9:56:00 AM PST · by Donald Rumsfeld Fan · 9 replies · 428+ views
    Malaysia Star ^ | Tuesday February 16, 2010 | AP Wire
    CARACAS, Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez's government said Monday it isn't interested in buying electricity from neighboring Colombia despite Venezuela's struggles with severe energy shortages. Colombian Energy Minister Hernan Martinez said earlier Monday that his country is producing more electricity than it consumes and could supply Venezuela with power. But Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua spurned the offer, saying his country "is going to power up its own electricity system." Chavez blames energy shortages on a drought and low water levels at Guri Dam, which supplies about 70 percent of Venezuela's electricity. Critics call the shortages a result of the president's...
  • Fury as giant Belo Monte Amazon rainforest dam is approved by Brazil

    02/02/2010 8:04:02 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 414+ views
    The Times ^ | 2/2/2010 | Hannah Strange
    Brazil has approved the controversial construction of a giant hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon, defying a 20-year protest by indigenous and environmental campaigners who say that the project will devastate the surrounding rainforest and threaten the survival of local tribes. The Belo Monte project on the Xingu river, an Amazon tributary, was started in the 1990s but abandoned amid widespread protests at home and abroad. The rock star Sting led a campaign against the plan with tribal leaders, and revisited Brazil in November last year to urge the Government to consider the impact of deforestation on greenhouse...
  • Dams proposed in picturesque valleys (MT)

    12/07/2009 9:02:00 PM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 505+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | December 3, 2009 | LINDA HALSTEAD-ACHARYA
    ROSCOE — A Bozeman company has filed applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit to proceed with feasibility studies of hydropower projects on East and West Rosebud river. The application, submitted to FERC by Hydrodynamics Inc., describes one diversion dam on each river. The dam on the East Rosebud would be approximately 400 feet downstream of East Rosebud Lake. On the West Rosebud, the dam would divert water roughly 800 feet downstream of Emerald Lake. The proposed dams would be 8 feet high and 100 feet long. Both would involve taking some of the river’s runoff...
  • Massive Blackout Hits Brazil's 2 Largest Cities

    11/11/2009 4:34:24 AM PST · by Cindy · 17 replies · 809+ views
    (AP) via FOX NEWS.com ^ | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | n/a
    RIO DE JANEIRO — A massive power failure blacked out Brazil's two largest cities and other parts of Latin America's biggest nation for more than two hours late Tuesday, leaving millions of people in the dark after a huge hydroelectric dam suddenly went offline. Paraguay was also affected when the Itaipu dam straddling the two nations' border stopped producing 17,000 megawatts of power, resulting in outages in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and at least several other big Brazilian cities, Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao said. The cause of the failure had not been determined, but Lobao said...
  • Deal to raze 4 Klamath dams

    09/30/2009 7:54:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 82 replies · 3,267+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/30/9 | Peter Fimrite
    In what is being touted as the world's biggest dam-removal project, an agreement was reached Tuesday to remove four dams on the Klamath River and restore a 300-mile migratory route for California's beleaguered salmon. The tentative agreement was reached after a decade of negotiations among 28 parties, including American Indian tribes, farmers, fishermen and the hydroelectric company that operates the dams and distributes the water. The plan would set in motion one of the most ambitious efforts in U.S. history to restore the habitat of a federally protected species if it receives final approval by the parties in December, as...
  • Newfoundland, Quebec reach 'historic' hydro deal.

    04/03/2009 4:45:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 482+ views
    The Calgary Herald ^ | April 2, 2009 | Canwest News Service
    Newfoundland and Quebec reached what Premier Danny Williams described as a historic deal Thursday that will, for the first time, see Labrador hydroelectric power transmitted through Quebec to the North American marketplace. Mr. Williams said the province’s energy corporation, Nalcor Energy, through its subsidiary, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, has signed an agreement to "wheel" power from the Upper Churchill Hydroelectric station through Quebec to the Canada-U.S. border. "This is truly a historic and momentous occasion for the people of our province, as never before have we been granted access through the province of Quebec with our own power," he said....
  • Palin pushes for dam project

    01/27/2009 11:52:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies · 897+ views
    UPI ^ | 1/26/2009
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's push for half of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy by 2025 revived hopes for a giant dam project, observers say. The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday that a mammoth hydro project like the Susitna dam would create jobs. "We may have to make a big investment here for this generation but it will pay off for the next generation," said Joe Balash, the governor's special assistant for energy. The Daily News said the Republican governor is planning to start the process by asking lawmakers to approve bringing the six Railbelt energy utilities into...
  • Governor rekindles massive dam plan

    01/26/2009 5:15:31 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies · 692+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 25th, 2009 10:06 PM | SEAN COCKERHAM
    Gov. Sarah Palin's goal for Alaska to receive 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025 is reviving long-held dreams of the state building a giant hydro project like the Susitna dam. It's also inspiring skeptical questions about realism and expense. "On the Railbelt in particular, we have a number of opportunities, be it Susitna, Chakachamna, Mount Spurr," said Joe Balash, the governor's special assistant for energy. "We may have to make a big investment here for this generation but it will pay off for the next generation," he said. Palin is planning to start this year by...
  • US FERC approves hydrokinetic project on Mississippi River

    12/15/2008 8:38:29 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies · 621+ views
    Platts ^ | 15 Dec 2008 | Platts Inside FERC
    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Saturday approved a small hydrokinetic power project that developer Hydro Green Energy intends to install below an existing hydropower dam on the Mississippi River owned by the city of Hastings, Minnesota. Hydrokinetic technology generates electricity from waves or directly from the flow of water in ocean currents, tides or inland waterways. The order marks the first time that FERC has approved the installation of a hydrokinetic device at an existing hydropower project, where it will generate power into the nation's electricity grid, the commission said Monday. The ruling "is an exciting one for...
  • New "Vivace" System Draws Renewable Energy from Slow Water Currents

    12/03/2008 1:51:17 PM PST · by Uncledave · 20 replies · 1,081+ views
    Renewable Energy World ^ | 12/3/20098 | Nicole Casal Moore
    New "Vivace" System Draws Renewable Energy from Slow Water Currents by Nicole Casal Moore, University of Michigan Michigan, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Slow-moving ocean and river currents could be a new, reliable and affordable alternative energy source. A University of Michigan engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn potentially destructive vibrations in fluid flows into clean, renewable power. The machine is called VIVACE and it is the first known device that could harness energy from most of the water currents around the globe because it works in flows moving slower than 2 knots (about 2 miles...
  • Lawmakers have their eye on new dams, higher dams (Idaho)

    03/20/2008 9:00:41 AM PDT · by Domandred · 4 replies · 322+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 3/20/2008 | Rocky Barker
    1976 Teton Dam disaster is just one hurdle facing any project to store more water and make more electricity. While Gov. Butch Otter and the Idaho Legislature talk about ways to build new dams and enlarge existing ones, the discussions are framed by two floods - one that some fear could happen at any minute, and another more than three decades ago that still hangs over the part of the state once devastated by its power. Weiser residents are watching the weather closely as above-average snowpack threatens to swell the Weiser River, which has no dam, to flood stage this...
  • Iran Funds Nicaraguan Hydroelectric Dam

    03/13/2008 2:48:16 PM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 305+ views
    ap ^ | 3/13/2008 | By Bayardo Mendoza, Associated Press Writer
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Iran will build a hydroelectric dam in northern Nicaragua, despite U.S. reservations, the energy minister said Thursday. A state-owned Iranian company will build the $230 million Bodoke project on the Tuma River in the Jinotega province with financing by Iran's export bank, Energy Minister Emilio Rappaccioli told Nicaragua's Channel 2 on Thursday
  • Booming growth [in west] raises idea of dams

    03/09/2008 8:22:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies · 708+ views
    Seattle Timies ^ | March 2, 2008 | Nicholas K. Geranios
    SPOKANE — The era of massive dam construction in the West — which tamed rivers, swallowed towns and created irrigated agriculture, cheap hydropower and persistent environmental problems — effectively ended in 1966 with the completion of Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona. But a booming population and growing fears about climate change have governments once again studying dams, this time to create huge reservoirs to capture more winter rain and spring snowmelt for use in dry summer months. New dams are being studied in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada and other states, even as dams are being torn down across...
  • To save a fish: Huge Water Release From Lake Powell [into the Grand Canyon] Planned

    03/07/2008 4:31:38 AM PST · by yankeedame · 18 replies · 1,198+ views
    LasVegasNow.com ^ | March 5, 2008 | Mark Sayre,
    Mark Sayre, Investigative Reporter Huge Water Release From Lake Powell Planned Updated: March 5, 2008 09:11 AM EST It will come out of four massive jet tubes, which bypass the dam's hydroelectric plant. Billions of gallons of water will pour into the Grand Canyon and eventually into Lake Mead. The Bureau of Reclamation is planning a massive water release by opening the flood gates at the Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell starting Wednesday. The release will create a springtime flood along the Colorado River, like ones that occurred before the dam was built. The bureau says it will improve...
  • Three Gorges Project 'Under Control'

    11/27/2007 6:41:06 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 22 replies · 48+ views
    China Daily ^ | November 28, 2007 | By Wu Jiao
    Officials behind the massive Three Gorges Dam are preparing to plug any holes in the project even as waters in its reservoir peak in two years. Since the 2,309-m-long dam was erected in 2003, the water level in the reservoir has risen in stages, reaching 156 m last year. While the level is scheduled to reach a maximum height of 175 m above sea level in 2009, there have been fears that rising waters from the world's largest hydropower project will further strain shores and trigger landslides. "The government is closely monitoring and intensifying repair work, and I think we...
  • Deadly landslide raises more concerns about China's Three Gorges Dam(catastrophe about to unfold?)

    11/23/2007 2:54:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 141+ views
    Canada.com ^ | 11/21/07 | Aileen McCabe
    Deadly landslide raises more concerns about China's Three Gorges Dam Aileen McCabe , CanWest Asia Correspondent Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 SHANGHAI - A deadly landslide near China's controversial Three Gorges Dam has killed one construction worker and left two missing in central Hubei Province, near the dam's massive reservoir. The official news agency Xinhua said the tragedy occurred on Tuesday, the same day Chinese government officials pledged to step up measures to deal with environmental problems caused by the dam. Xinhua did not say what caused the fatal landslide, but in a story about the new environmental plan, Xinhua...
  • Beijing Announces Environmental Plan for Three Gorges Dam Area

    11/22/2007 11:39:08 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 4 replies · 64+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | November 21, 2007 | By Jim Yardley
    (BEIJING) -- China has announced plans to confront environmental and geological problems around the Three Gorges Dam, even as a landslide in the region Tuesday killed one construction worker, injured a second and trapped two others beneath a mound of fallen earth. That incident came as Chinese officials face growing questions about a project dogged for years by controversy and discord. Water pollution, soil erosion and landslides are becoming increasingly frequent as water continues to rise and inundate more land in the reservoir behind the mammoth dam. On Tuesday night, state media announced a host of new environmental measures from...
  • The Three Gorges One Dam Thing After Another

    11/02/2007 6:54:43 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 45 replies · 133+ views
    The Economist ^ | November 1, 2007 | The Economist
    Sceptics about the world's biggest hydroelectric dam are being vindicated (MIAOHE) -- Peasants in the village of Miaohe on the north bank of the Yangzi River say nothing like it had occurred in their lifetimes, nor those of their parents and grandparents. One afternoon in April, for a few grim seconds, the ground shook beneath them. The Wild Cat landslide, long at rest beneath the terraced maize fields, orange-tree groves and earth-brick houses perched on the steep slope, was stirring. Experts had long worried about the Wild Cat, 17km (10 miles) upstream from the Three Gorges dam in a narrow...
  • California commission recommends ripping out Klamath Dams

    10/29/2007 8:33:08 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 90 replies · 1,331+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 10/29/07 | Al-AP
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- California Energy Commission analysts urged Oregon, California and Washington to deny any requests from PacifiCorp to increase electricity rates to help pay for upgrading Klamath dams. A Monday letter signed by California Energy Commission executive director B.B. Blevins asks the public utility commissions in each of the three states to authorize cost recovery only for decommissioning the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. Indian tribes, fishermen and conservation groups want the dams removed to open up spawning habitat for struggling salmon runs. "The Energy Commission has a responsibility not only to provide reliable energy supplies,...
  • China's Massive Dam Changing Weather[Three Gorges Dam]

    06/29/2007 6:47:20 AM PDT · by BGHater · 26 replies · 1,473+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 22 June 2007 | Larry O'Hanlon
    Two years before its completion, the world’s largest dam is already changing the local weather, say scientists studying the Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangtze River. Both modeling and actual meteorological data suggest that the reservoir is cooling its valley, which is causing changes in rainfall. "In China there are a lot of people who complain because of the construction of the dam" and specifically about changes in local weather, said climate modeler Liguang Wu of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland in College Park. To find out if the dam was really to blame, Wu...
  • China - First turbine of Three Gorges Project on right bank starts operation

    06/11/2007 12:43:18 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 1,075+ views
    Xinhua News Agency (China) | June 11, 2007 | Chen Feng
    THREE GORGES CONSTRUCTION SITE, Hubei Province, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Electricity generation now spans the two banks of China's largest hydropower project, the Three Gorges Project, with the first turbine generator on the right bank of the river going into operation on Monday after a 72-hour trial. The 700,000-kilowatt No. 22 turbine began producing electricity at 9:12 a.m. The electricity is transmitted through the state power grid to energy-strained eastern cities such as Shanghai. An electronic monitoring screen showed the turbine was operating normally with output of 650,000 kwh. The 14 turbines on the left bank of the Gorges...
  • China:Three Gorges dam causes downstream erosion--study(dam traps 151 million ton of sediment)

    05/22/2007 9:30:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 1,331+ views
    Three Gorges dam causes downstream erosion--study 21 May 2007 08:48:29 GMT Source: Reuters HONG KONG, May 21 (Reuters) - China's Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, is retaining huge amounts of sediment and nutrients and causing significant erosion in the downstream reaches of the Yangtze River, researchers have found. In a paper published in the latest volume of the Geophysical Research Letters, Chinese scientists said the dam had retained 151 million tonnes of sediment each year since 2003. The researchers from the East China Normal University in Shanghai calculated supplies of water and sediment at places along the...
  • Climate Change Adds Twist to Debate Over Dams

    04/25/2007 9:15:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 436+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 23, 2007 | William Yardley
    KLAMATH FALLS, Ore., April 19 — The power company that owns four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River says the dams provide a crucial source of so-called clean energy at a time when carbon emissions have become one of the world’s foremost environmental concerns. But the American Indians, fishermen and environmentalists who want the dams removed point to what has happened since the first one was built nearly 90 years ago: endangered salmon have been blocked from migrating, Indian livelihoods have been threatened, and, more recently, the commercial fishing industry off the Oregon and California coasts has been devastated. They...
  • Hydro project planned in pass

    02/21/2007 8:47:40 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies · 337+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 21, 2007 | ZAZ HOLLANDER
    An Anchorage engineering firm wants to build a small, run-of-the-river hydroelectric project on Fishhook Creek, in a ravine below the road to Hatcher Pass. The project could create enough electricity to power at least 600 homes, said project manager Joel Groves. It will do so using relatively "clean" power even as several local entities look to coal to replace Southcentral's dwindling natural gas reserves. Fishhook Renewable Energy LLC is the project developer, a corporation created by a group of engineers affiliated with Polarconsult Alaska Inc., an Anchorage engineering consultant. Here's how the project would work, according to a proposal filed...
  • Is coal the only option?

    02/10/2007 7:18:08 AM PST · by rellimpank · 30 replies · 613+ views
    Last fall, Xcel Energy Inc. in Minnesota said it was planning to turn to wind and water rather than coal to supply its customers' electricity needs. According to a November article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Xcel was assuming that governments would begin imposing a tax or other cost on carbon dioxide emissions. The utility figured that turning to an alternative source of energy would save money for its customers Given global warming initiatives announced recently by President Bush, measures being taken by state governments across the country and last week's release of the summary of a new report on...
  • Renewable Fuels May Provide 25% of U.S. Energy by 2025

    11/13/2006 11:59:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies · 682+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 13, 2006 | John J. Fialka
    WASHINGTON -- A new Rand Corp. study showing the falling costs of ethanol, wind power and other forms of renewable energy predicts such sources could furnish as much as 25% of the U.S.'s conventional energy by 2025 at little or no additional expense. A second renewable-energy report soon to be released by the National Academy of Sciences suggests wood chips may become a plentiful source of ethanol and electricity for industrial nations because their forested areas are expanding, led by the U.S. and China. Because use of renewable fuels to replace oil and cut emissions of carbon dioxide is an...
  • Bush sees energy independence as a focus of his remaining tenure

    09/28/2006 10:42:18 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 56 replies · 793+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-29-2006 | Wall Street Journal
    President Bush said he would speed up his alternative-energy push during the remainder of his term with new spending focused on easing bottlenecks that are slowing the spread of ethanol in the market. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on a swing through Alabama, Mr. Bush said he is seeking ways to overcome difficulties in transporting the fuel, and to increase the number of stations selling it.
  • Police fight ‘death marijuana’ distribution

    05/23/2006 10:13:53 AM PDT · by Alouette · 73 replies · 1,754+ views
    YNet ^ | May 23, 2006 | Raanan Ben-Zur
    Hydro, more potent and more expensive than regular grass, is sold mostly to the affluent, but police fear rise in violence, crime if youth start using Israel Police have waged a war on the distribution of Hydro, a more potent and more expensive type of marijuana that is sweeping the local drug market. Dubbed by police as “death grass,” Hydro goes for about NIS 500 (USD 110) per 10 grams (0.35 ounces), compared with regular marijuana which is sold for NIS 600 (USD 133) per kilo. The high price of Hydro is mainly due to the high cost of growing...
  • UK 'running out of gas'

    08/30/2002 3:15:13 PM PDT · by dgallo51 · 25 replies · 235+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Friday, 30 August, 2002, 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK |  Science/Nature  
    The UK could start experiencing gas shortages within as little as two years, scientists are warning. A report by the Royal Academy of Engineering, submitted to Energy Minister Brian Wilson on Friday, predicts the UK could have to import virtually all the gas it needs as early as 2020 because it will no longer have enough of its own. It attacks the government's energy policy as "hopelessly unrealistic" and says it places too much emphasis on renewable energy. Professor Ian Fells, one of the report's authors, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the problem with the government's energy policy...