Tag Archives: hydropower

Tanzania: Farmers to Lose Water Access as Hydropower Runs Dry

By Kizito Makoye Dar es Salaam — Tanzania, home to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti National Park, has a tradition of protecting land for the sake of ecological diversity and beauty. Now the country has a new reason to add to its protected sites list: electricity. Faced with drought that has cut hydropower production in […]

California’s continued drought, reduced snowpack mean lower hydropower output

April 9, 2015 Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Updated at 9:20 a.m. to include the most recent drought information from California, released this morning. Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown enacted mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. While the executive order doesn’t directly address hydropower generation and instead focuses […]

Liberia: Ebola Outbreak Pushes Date for Completion of Hydropower Project

By Morrison O.g Sayon The completion of the much-publicized Mount Coffee Hydro Power Project has been extended to next year as disclosed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. President Sirleaf has attributed the extension of the project to the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed over thousands of lives in Liberia. Earlier, the Government […]

California drought leads to less hydropower, increased natural gas generation

October 6, 2014 Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture The drought in California continues to increase in severity since California’s governor declared a state of drought emergency in January 2014. As of September 30, 58% of the state was classified as experiencing exceptional drought, the most intense drought category. These dry conditions limit hydropower generation, requiring […]

Nonhydro renewables now routinely surpass hydropower generation

July 31, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly and Short-Term Energy Outlook April marked the eighth consecutive month that total monthly nonhydro renewable generation exceeded hydropower generation. Only a decade ago, hydropower—the historically dominant source of renewable generation—accounted for three times as much generation in the United States as nonhydro renewable sources […]

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