Latest Hydroelectric power generation News

Agency hears testimony on disputed section of $1B power line

Oct. 19, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Opponents of a $1 billion electric transmission project that cuts across a swath of Maine forest urged state environmental regulators Tuesday to revoke the entire project's license over a disputed 1-mile lease on state land. But supporters said...

El Salvador explores bitcoin mining powered by volcanoes

Oct. 15, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

BERLIN, El Salvador (AP) — At a geothermal power plant near El Salvador’s Tecapa volcano, 300 computers whir inside a trailer as they make complex mathematical calculations day and night verifying transactions for the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The pilot project has...

In Brazil, worst drought in decades felt at gigantic dam

Oct. 14, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

HERNANDARIAS, Paraguay (AP) — The gigantic Itaipu hydroelectric dam straddling the Brazil-Paraguay border on the vast Parana River, is feeling the heat of Brazil’s worst drought in nine decades. Sometimes described as one of the world's seven modern wonders, Itaipu's...

Maine utility corridor 75% cleared of trees as vote looms

Oct. 13, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Workers have cleared trees from three-quarters of a proposed $1 billion power line route ahead of next month's referendum on the conduit for Canadian hydropower to reach the New England grid. The project is already permitted and construction has...

Hydropower decline adds strain to power grids in drought

Oct. 10, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After water levels at a California dam fell to historic lows this summer, the main hydropower plant it feeds was shut down. At the Hoover Dam in Nevada — one of the country’s biggest hydropower generators — production is down by 25%. If extreme drought persists,...

More than $60M spent in a battle over hydropower corridor

Oct. 06, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Spending on a fall referendum aimed at stopping a utility corridor in western Maine has topped $60 million, with energy companies pouring money into advertising ahead of the vote. It's already a record for spending on a referendum question in...

Kennebec dam owner sues Maine agencies as saga continues

Sep. 28, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec River sued two Maine agencies on Monday alleging they improperly cooperated on fish passage regulations that impact the future of the dams and fish populations. The lawsuit filed in Kennebec...

Nature campaigners urge Albania to stop hydropower plants

Sep. 27, 2021 06:53 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Wildlife campaigners on Monday called on the Albanian government to stop the construction of two hydropower plants in a protected nature area in the north of the country. A statement from the World Wide Fund for Nature Adrian said that a Supreme...

Vidalia to spend $250K on town's beautification

Sep. 26, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Money generated by royalties from its hydroelectric plant will help give the Town of Vidalia a facelift. During a recent meeting of the Vidalia Board of Aldermen, the board voted 2-2 to spend $250,000 in hydroelectric royalty revenue on various...

US projections on drought-hit Colorado River grow more dire

Sep. 22, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. government released projections Wednesday that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves 40 million people in the American West. The Bureau of Reclamation recently declared the first-ever shortage on the Colorado...