hydroelectric environmental assessments Articles

  • Health and environmental impacts of the hydroelectric fuel cycle

    The impacts on health and the environment and the associated damage costs caused by the hydroelectric fuel cycle are assessed in this paper. To this purpose, a large hydroelectric project along the Nestos river in northern Greece has been selected as an example. A large number of impacts have been identified. Occupational accidents, impacts on agriculture and forests, noise produced during the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Website offers global view of small hydroelectric projects

    It is now easier to access reliable data on small hydropower projects globally following the launch of a website designed to promote this technology, says a UN body. The UN Industrial Development Organization ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

    No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Economic analysis of the environmental and social impacts of the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectricity Power Project

    The Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectricity Power Project (NT2), located in the Khammouane Province of central Lao's People Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), aims to produce electricity with a generating capacity of 1,070 MW. Most of the electricity generated (995 MW) will be sold to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and the remaining (75 MW) sold to Electricite du Laos (EDL). The primary ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Determination of the Significance of Environmental Impacts of Development Projects: A Case Study of Environmental Impact Assessment of Indrawati-3 Hydropower Project in Nepal

    The environmental impacts are commonly quantified in the EIA studies by rating, ranking and scaling. The National EIA Guidelines, 1993, Nepal provides a guideline to score the impacts in terms of magnitude, extent, and duration. This step is commonly known as impact prediction in the EIA process. The predicted scores are multiplied by the weightage value of the resource likely to be affected. The ...


  • Power Plant Asset Transactions Managing Environmental Issues

    Deregulation of the electricity industry has spawned unprecedented asset transfer activity among electric generating companies. Many companies are focusing on generation, while a large number of former generating companies are shifting their focus to concentrate on power distribution and communication initiatives. The result is a significant turnover of power plants to new owners as generating ...


    By AECOM

  • The blue water footprint of electricity from hydropower

    Hydropower accounts for about 16% of the world’s electricity supply. It has been debated whether hydroelectric generation is merely an in-stream water user or whether it also consumes water. In this paper we provide scientific support for the argument that hydroelectric generation is in most cases a significant water consumer. The study assesses the blue water footprint of hydroelectricity ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Case Notes: Privy to Unsustainable Arguments in the Belize Dam Case

    It is fair to say that the heydays of gigantic hydroelectric projects are numbered. First, in Europe, the optimum for hydroelectricity has been reached as all the major water sources have already been harnessed. The ‘dash for gas’ soon after privatisation and restructuring in the early 1990s has also contributed to the decline in interest in exploring hydroelectricity. Further still, ways are ...


  • The influence of climate and dam construction on the Ibera wetlands, Argentina

    Abstract  The purpose of this work is to assess the impact on the Esteros del Ibera wetland ecosystem caused by the Yacyreta dam, a large hydroelectric power plant on the Parana River, Argentina, in comparison to other factors of environmental change. The project of the dam started around 1970. The power plant began operating in 1994. In 1989, the neighboring Ibera wetland ecosystem showed ...


  • Article: Reconciling renewable energy and the local impacts of hydro-electric development

    The UK and Scottish governments’ policy commitments to renewable energy, driven by recognition of the impacts of global warming and climate change, have led to increasing interest in all aspects of renewable energy. This article is concerned with how the Scottish Executive is able to reconcile new hydro-electric developments as a source of renewable energy with the local impacts of those ...


  • Small hydropower projects and sustainable energy development in Sri Lanka

    Sustainable development has evolved to encompass three major viewpoints: economic, social and environmental. Given the wide-ranging potential impacts of energy on national sustainable development, we review the linkages between these two topics. In the Sri Lanka case study presented here, the Sustainomics framework is used to assess the role of small hydroelectric power projects in sustainable ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Can Lao PDR learn from its neighbors mistakes and develop sustainably?

    The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is among the poorest, least developed countries in Asia with an estimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1900 per capita in 2007 and agriculture as the main economic activity. The Asian Development Bank is nevertheless positive about the country’s economic outlook due to increases in new foreign investment and government-led initiatives in hydropower, food ...

  • Nation Building

    Will Canada bond together as one happy family to build an east-west transmission grid to carry energy to one and all? Is it even a good idea? Just over 120 years ago this country was bounded together by Sir John A. MacDonald’s national dream of a transcontinental railway. Now some politicians are promoting another national dream – the construction of an east-west transmission grid that would meet ...


    By Actual Media

  • Article: Regulating Long-Term Impacts on the Scottish Landscape: Quarries, Dams and Forestry

    Many projects creating long-term impacts that are visible on the Scottish landscape today were authorised at a time when environmental sensitivities were less well developed. This article examines the development of the regulatory mechanisms for three major landscape impacts: mineral workings, hydro-electric schemes and forestry. Today, the requirement for environmental impact assessment provides ...


  • New Report Shows Decline in Carbon Dioxide and Other Pollutants from U.S. Power Plants, but State and Power Company Emissions Vary Widely

    Electric Power Industry is Transitioning to Lower-Carbon Sources and Positioned to Meet New EPA Carbon Standards A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the country’s top 100 electric power producers shows a downward trend in ...


    By Ceres

  • Renewable Energy Projects on Contaminated Property | Managing the Risks Part II

    Part II of Renewable Energy Projects on Contaminated Property | Managing the Risks The First entry can be found at Part I Risk and Exposures in the Life Cycle of a Project The typical renewable energy project involves multiple parties: tax equity investors; equity investors; local utilities; engineering, procurement, ...

  • Hydro Polymers: Searching for a More Sustainable PVC

    Over the last five years, the European PVC industry has been forced to reassess the environmental impact of its products in the face of continuing pressure from environmental groups, governments and end users. Hydro Polymers, one of two PVC manufacturers in the UK, is forging ahead of its competitors through a partnership with sustainability consultancy The Natural Step. The company is launching ...

  • The Clean Development Mechanism: Kyoto Comes Home to Roost

    The Clean Development Mechanism - a cornerstone of the Kyoto Protocol which allows industrialised nations to invest in emission reduction projects in the developing world - is inching towards reality. This summer, the European Commission unveiled plans to let companies buy CDM credits to help meet their targets under the EU emissions trading scheme. But long-running controversies over the CDM's ...

  • Advanced Water Quality Techniques Course

    Abstract:The development of a strategic water quality monitoring program is based on prioritizing risks to public safety and economic reality. The development of global standardized methods and protocols for automated water quality monitoring would facilitate international communication of water quality information and comparison of standardized methods and protocols. The three primary methods ...


  • Renewable energy progress report

    What is the Renewable energy progress report and what is its purpose? The Renewable Energy Directive states that a progress report should be issued every two years. The purpose of this progress report is to assess Member States' progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy in line with the 2020 targets. In addition, it contains sections on ...


    By Europa Press Room

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