Briefly Noted … Hydro Energy

Briefly Noted…Renewable Energy Worldwide News Briefs and Information on Renewable Energy

– Canada’s government in the Northwest Territories is looking at major river systems as a source for green power. Studies show that six river systems in the region, including the Mackenzie River, could generate 11,630 MW of power, and developing hydro power of this magnitude would require C$16.6 billion for new construction alone, with billions more needed for power transmission line and infrastructure construction. – Western China will expand its variety of renewable energy resources, in addition to developing urban and rural power grids. A survey of available resources includes small hydropower from 1,300 rivers in Sichuan and 570 in Xinjiang, of which only a small number have been exploited. It shows that the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau boasts the richest wind power resources in China, and there is wind potential in Gansu, Xinjiang and the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. The amount of solar energy in China is equal to 2.4 trillion tons of standard coal, with two-thirds of territory receiving 2,000 hours of sunshine a year or more. – Brazil’s drought that caused a power crisis in the country has promoted 44 companies to present documentation to electricity regulator Aneel, to auction 35-year concessions to build and operate 11 hydroelectric projects. The auction will be held November 30 on the Rio de Janeiro stock exchange, and the projects range from a 60 MW plant in Minas Gerais state to a 1,087 MW plant in Para/Tocantins. – The Portuguese electricity company, Electricidade de Portugal, is bidding for the concession to operate a hydroelectric plant near the city of Salvador, in the northeast Brazilian state of Bahia. EDP will take part in the auction of several concessions in partnership with Brazilian group Rede, with which it has also won the concession to operate Brazil’s Lajeado power plant. – Companies in the Rio Grande do Sul state of Brazil are setting up a consortium to construct a 50 MW facility that will use hydroelectricity or natural gas to generate electricity in order to overcome the energy crisis in the country. – A hydroelectric dam will be built in northern Greece with two 50 MW power units and a 7 million m3 dam of 125 m height. The station will be located in the Ilarionas area and is included in the $450 million Development Program for infrastructure projects during 2002-2006. – Nepal Electricity Authority has signed a power purchase agreement for the 300 MW Upper Karnali hydroelectric project with Singapore’s Elysee Frontiere humanitarian trust. The state power utility says the investment is a total donation. Construction on the US$500 million facility will start next year and finish by 2008. – Brazil’s Votorantim group will construct a 20 MW hydroelectric facility in Tangara da Serra, at a cost of R$27 million. The output will be sold to Cemat (Centrais Eletricas Mato-Grossense).


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