Social entrepreneurship in rural electrification : Indonesia.

Social entrepreneurship in rural electrification : Indonesia.

The Jakarta Post recently reported that Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said his office is drafting a ministerial regulation that would allow private companies to take over the role of the state electricity company PLN to provide power in neglected areas, such as in rural Papua. This is good news as rural electrification […]

ADB financing could add up to 1,000 micro-hydropower plants in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

ADB financing could add up to 1,000 micro-hydropower plants in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

An ambitious Asian Development Bank program could add 1,000 micro-hydropower plants to Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, following the approval of a US$325 million loan announced in November. ADB said the financing will help enhance energy security by allowing for the construction of off-grid areas. Less than 20% of the population has access to power in […]

Technology update: Iowa company moves toward installation of in-line turbine-generator.

Technology update: Iowa company moves toward installation of in-line turbine-generator.

Final testing of the Amjet Turbine Systems (ATS) ATS-63 hydroelectric variable speed low-head in-line unit is scheduled to begin in January 2017. When completed, a 600-kW unit is scheduled to be installed in the spring or summer at Brainerd Dam on the Mississippi River in Minnesota. The cost for the project is not immediately available […]

Electricity is being produced from 18 places in Bajhang.

Electricity is being produced from 18 places in Bajhang.

The locals of many rural villages in Bajhang, Darchula, Accham and Bajura are elated with the access to electricity service after dozens of micro-hydro electricity projects came into operation in the districts. Regional Power Service Centre Dipayal Vice-chairman Bharat Kathyat said the micro-hydro projects were established in local rivers of the districts though the rural […]

More alarms over next hydropower dam in Laos.

More alarms over next hydropower dam in Laos.

The Laos government is pressing ahead with a new dam on the Lower Mekong River, leading scientists and activists to warn of growing threats to regional food security. Laos informed the four-nation inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) earlier this month that preparatory work was under way on the 912-megawatt Pak Beng Dam in the northern […]

World Bank appointed Mott MacDonald to develop hydropower guidelines.

World Bank appointed Mott MacDonald to develop hydropower guidelines.

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the World Bank to develop technical guidelines to improve climate resilience for hydropower and dams development. The new guidelines will be produced over the next 12 months and will map out a workable process for incorporating climate change and disaster risk management into the project appraisal, design and operation […]

Mexico looks to reduce hydropower plant land use disputes.

Mexico looks to reduce hydropower plant land use disputes.

An announcement made this week by Mexico’s Comision Reguladora de Energia could provide hydroelectric developers with an easier means of settling land use conflicts. Per a decree issued in the country’s federal gazette, CRE has stated that hydropower projects — along with geothermal plants — qualify for certain protections in land use disputes given that […]

DOE seeks input on hydroelectric power development in undeveloped stream-reaches.

DOE seeks input on hydroelectric power development in undeveloped stream-reaches.

The Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will issue in the Nov. 9 Federal Register a request for information (RFI) seeking public input regarding challenges and opportunities associated with hydropower development in undeveloped stream-reaches. Through this RFI, the WPTO is also seeking input on the focus and structure of a potential […]

U.S. Senate passes bill that includes measures for dam safety, invasive species control.

U.S. Senate passes bill that includes measures for dam safety, invasive species control.

A bill passed by the Senate contains measures that helps protect hydroelectric power infrastructure from invasive aquatic species and federal funding to rehabilitate high-hazard dams. Included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 — officially Senate Bill 2848 — is an authorization for up to $20 million to match state spending on watercraft inspection […]