Scientists ‘Tantalised’ by Draining Every Hydropower Dam in The US For Solar Panels

From Science Alert CARLY CASSELLA 31 AUG 2019 If all the hydro-power dams in the United States were removed and replaced with solar panels, it would take up a fraction of the land and produce substantially more electricity, according to a new analysis. The idea is ambitious, and for now, it’s really just a thought…

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Report: Green Energy Incentives are Failing to Keep the Lights On

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova – An Australian Government AEMO commissioned industry report has suggested that while government incentives make renewables preferable to coal, the new renewable capacity isn’t helping grid stability. One of their recommendations; more government incentives, to encourage renewable businesses to add battery backup to their solar and wind farms.…

U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”

Guest post by David Middleton MARCH 22, 2017 Record precipitation, snowpack in California expected to increase hydro generation in 2017 For the first time since 2011, California’s drought is significantly weakening—a result of one of the wettest winters on record. California has experienced record levels of precipitation this winter, and unlike last winter, cooler temperatures…

Zambian President blames Global Warming for Economic Problems

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Zambian President Edgar Lungu has blamed global warming for his country’s worsening economic problems. According to Bloomberg; Zambian President Edgar Lungu said global warming was partly to blame for the “unprecedented” power crisis robbing the economy of jobs and restraining productivity. The energy shortages in the southern African nation are…

Global boom in hydropower underway, more expected this decade

From the University of Copenhagen: Global boom in hydropower expected this decade An unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies. While this is expected to double the global electricity production from hydropower, it could reduce the number of our last remaining large free-flowing rivers by about 20…