CK Power, the power generation arm of CH Karnchang, is conducting a feasibility study into building a hydropower plant near Luang Prabang on the Mekong River in northern Laos.
The Andhra Pradesh energy department is planning to set up pumped hydropower storage projects in various districts in the Indian state.
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) has said that it plans to import an additional 1200 MW from hydroelectric plants in Laos under a long-term power purchase contract.
China’s Baihetan Dam, the second largest hydropower facility in the world, has started generating electricity for the first time.
The Edward Hyatt Power Plant at Lake Oroville, California, USA may have to shut down for the first time in 50 years as water levels in the area continue to fall.
GE Renewable energy has announced that it has been selected by the Austrian National Railway Operator, ÖBB, to supply and commission two 85 MW variable speed pumped storage turbines for the new Tauernmoos Pumped Hydro Storage Plant located in the Stubachtal Valley in Austria.
EDL Generation (EDL-Gen), a majority Lao state-owned power generation firm, has announced that it is seeking strategic private partnerships in neighbouring countries to boost its total capacity by 25 per cent to fulfil growing regional energy demand. It plans to increase its capacity to 2435 MW from its current 1949 MW.
Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation for Nepal, said that the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project is expected to start generating partial power by mid-May, and be fully operational by August.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $300 million loan to finance construction of a 300 MW hydropower plant on the Kunhar River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan.
Central and south Taiwan has been hit by a severe drought following a year without typhoons. The water level in Central Taiwan’s Sun Moon lake and the nearby Wushe reservoir has fallen such that if it falls much more, local power generation will be threatened.