February 18, 2014
Vietnam considers the development of renewable energy a top priority in its national climate change strategy as the country's energy demands increase, say experts from the country’s National Energy Institute.
February 14, 2014
The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) reckons it will deliver about 50 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity this year from the remote regions of Northwest China to the country’s center via its new 2,210-km Southern Hami-Zhengzhou ultra high-voltage power transmission line, which became operational at the end of January.
February 11, 2014
China added an additional 94-GW of electricity generating during 2013 to reach 125-GW, up 9.3 percent over 2012, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a statement on Monday.
January 21, 2014
Member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) were unable to reach an agreement last week during a special session to decide whether the Don Sahong Dam should undergo regional decision-making, leaving future regional co-operation on the river in limbo.
Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, Sarawak Energy
January 08, 2014
It has been reported by Swiss-German rainforest NGO Bruno Masner Fund – citing “well-informed sources” – that Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, the controversial CEO of Sarawak Energy, will not have his contract renewed. The Norwegian was employed in December 2009 on a three-year contract which was prolonged in 2012 for another two years and will expire in November 2014. The generous contract earned 59-year old Sjøtveit an annual USD1.2 million plus a number of benefits and made him one of the best-paid managers of Malaysia.
Mekong River Council Study
December 13, 2013
On Saturday, Japan will host the Fifth Mekong-Japan Summit between the leaders of Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar in Tokyo, marking two years since the Mekong governments first agreed to work together to carry out a study on the impacts of dams on the Lower Mekong River’s mainstream, commonly known as the MRC Council Study.
December 06, 2013
China this week began trials for a photovoltaic power plant which integrates solar- and hydro-power generation, thus allowing it to operate under different light and weather conditions.
October 28, 2013
The Vietnamese Government says it has approved the removal of six potentially large and 418 small hydro-power projects from the national plan.
October 09, 2013
The government of India may force the country’s power utilities to buy a fixed amount of hydro power to reduce the amount of coal they burn, improve the country’s energy security and, most of all, prop up its struggling hydro industry.
Don Sahong Dam
October 03, 2013
Laos notified the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and member countries of its intent to build its second Mekong mainstream hydropower project, the 260-MW Don Sahong Dam. As the Don Sahong Dam will block the only channel available for dry-season fish migrations on the Mekong River, the move places the world’s largest inland fishery at stake.
September 16, 2013
Two proposed hydro-power plants on Vietnam’s Dong Nai River would have such a serious environmental impact that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked the Prime Minister to step in.
Uttarakhand flood disaster
September 10, 2013
India’s Federal Government has come under fire for not setting up expert committees to examine the environmental impact of hydro-electric projects and construction works following the recent Uttarakhand disaster, with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) claiming half of judiciary energy was spent on waking up the government.
August 29, 2013
A new book, gaining an increasing profile, has slammed Chinese enterprises for damaging the environment around the Mekong. Called the Blue Book and released by the Social Sciences Academic Press (China), it said the Great Mekong Subregion needed better international cooperation to protect the local environment.
August 23, 2013
The aquatic ecosystem on the upper reaches of China’s Yangtze River is on the verge of collapse due to hydropower stations and excessive fishing.
August 13, 2013
First Gen Corporation, the Philippine's leading clean and renewable energy company, has got the nod from the Department of Energy (DoE) to invest USD240 million in building several mini-hydropower projects under the Mindanao Power Development Program, in a race to get government feed-in tariffs (FiT).
July 30, 2013
News has emerged that global private equity company Blackstone Group is considering the floatation of its Indian energy company on the Singapore Stock Exchange. The company, Moser Baer Projects – an off-shoot from the near-bankrupt Indian solar panel maker – received USD300 million of Blackstone cash in exchange for a significant minority stake three years ago.
July 30, 2013
Nepal's environmental pressure groups are looking forward to a more considered decision from the Supreme Court on postponing a 900-MW hydropower project on the Upper Karnali.
July 22, 2013
Hong Kong's Water Supplies Department has revealed that by 2015 a second hydropower plant will be operational at its Tuen Mun Water Treatment Works.
July 18, 2013
Indonesia's state oil and gas company PT Pertamina has announced a three-year project to develop mini-hydro power plants in West Java in conjunction with PT Tirta Gemah Ripah.
July 11, 2013
A series of dam failures in Vietnam at hydropower projects has seen local authorities order emergency inspections across the country. Cost cutting and profiteering are being names as the main cause for these construction failures, with investors also failing to live up to commitments such as relocation. So dangerous is the problem that one province has closed eight projects.