Mar 162017
 

By admin चैत्र ३, २०७३- राजधानीसहित सहरी क्षेत्रमा लोडसेडिङ हटाएको नेपाल विद्युत् प्राधिकरण पुराना प्रसारणलाइनको मर्मत र नयाँ प्रसारण लाइन विस्तारमा केन्द्रित हुने भएको छ । उत्पादित विद्युत्समेत केन्द्रीय प्रसारणमा जोड्न समस्या हुने गरेकाले त्यसलाई हटाउन तथा मुलुकभर नै अवरोधरहित विद्युत् आपूर्ति गर्न प्राधिकरण प्रसारण लाइनमा केन्द्रित भएको हो । ‘हाम्रो अबको ध्यान प्रसारण लाइनतर्फ केन्द्रित भएको Read more…

Source:: Nepal Energy Forum

Jun 012014
 

PROF. KAMAL RAJ DHUNGEL

Lower volume of investment limits the creation of additional job opportunities. It means people have limited availability of gainful work for their survival that is to say high rate of unemployment persists. It begets social unrest that can disturb social harmony

 Accelerated development is a prime indicator of the economic boom. Investors come forth to pour their money in the economy. Investment of any size is the basis for making the economy prosperous. It can create numerous job opportunities which in turn increase the level of income that leads to uplift the general living standards of the people. A significant portion of increased income of the people is consumed, and the remaining makes up the saving for further investment. This process continues so far as the investment is forthcoming for the development activities. This is technically referred to as the forward linkages of multiplier effect.

Let us assess the situation of the lack of sufficient power as Nepal has been experiencing it for the last couple of decades. Nepal is a fossil fuel resource poor country, therefore, it has to depend on the development of hydropower to fulfill its commercial energy needs. The development of this sector hinges on various factors that delay its pace of development. The lack of power or power outage retards socio-economic development. National plans, targets, programs and priorities have remained unworkable or rather unachievable largely because of the power crisis.

The private sector is becoming pessimistic as regards making investments in the economy because of the lack of adequate and reliable supply of electricity. Power outage puts the returns of their investment at known and unknown risks. Increased volume of investment in different sectors of the economy from the national and international investors can be expected only when the supply of electricity meets the demand for it. But Nepal’s ground reality is that it lacks adequate power. This lowers the attraction for investment in the economy. Lower volume of investment limits the creation of additional job opportunities. It means people have limited availability of gainful work for their survival that is to say high rate of unemployment persists. It begets social unrest that can disturb social harmony and finally push the country towards uncertainty. Continue reading »

Jun 012014
 

Statement of NHA Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci, National Hydropower Association

hydro.org

Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2014) – The following is a statement of Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director of the
National Hydropower Association, on the passage of the Water Resources Reform & Development Act, which
includes provisions to boost the development of hydropower at Army Corps of Engineer’s facilities.

“I applaud the diligence and determination of House and Senate negotiators to reach bipartisan agreement on a
critical piece of legislation to improve the nation’s water infrastructure. The hydropower industry is particularly
pleased to see the inclusion of language that directs the Army Corps of Engineers to make hydropower
development at its facilities a priority.

“The United States has a remarkable opportunity to develop hydropower at the nation’s existing non-powered
dams. Non-powered dams owned and operated by the Army Corps represent a potential addition of over 8,000
MW of new clean, reliable hydropower. This legislation sets us on the path to realize that potential, especially
as the Department of Energy has set a goal of doubling the nation’s hydropower.

“We continue to see Congress enact policy that looks to hydropower as a solution to the nation’s energy,
economic, and environmental challenges. Just last August, Congress passed and the president signed two bills
into law, enacting regulatory changes that expedite the licensing process for certain types of hydropower
projects. We look forward to working with policymakers to further promote this bipartisan renewable energy resouce.”

Jun 012014
 

When someone gets a new rooftop solar installation, the second question they always ask is “how often do I need to clean my solar panels.” We’ll answer that question on today’s show — taking into account the different effects of rain, dust and electric rates (BTW, the first question people always ask is “how do I read my electric bill;” but that’s a topic for another show).

Rooftop solar panels get dirty primarily from wind-blown dust and pollen. Birds are usually not a problem unless your last name is Hitchcock and you live in Bodega Bay. As panels get dirtier, their output declines. A small amount of soiling — say a light dusty film — may only cause a 5 percent output decline. However, when panels get very dirty — perhaps in an agricultural area or location that does not get regular rainfall — the output decline can be greater than 20 percent. A good heavy rainstorm will usually wash away most of the accumulated soiling.

May 192014
 

In 2010 renewable energy accounted for 17% of total energy consumption. Biomass heat accounted for 11%, and hydropower 3%

Global renewable power capacity excluding hydro[11]

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Global public support for energy sources, based on a survey by Ipsos (2011).[12]

Renewable energy flows involve natural phenomena such as sunlightwindtidesplant growth, and geothermal heat, as the International Energy Agency explains:[13]

Renewable energy is derived from natural processes that are replenished constantly. In its various forms, it derives directly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth. Included in the definition is electricity and heat generated from solar, wind, ocean, hydropower, biomass, geothermal resources, and biofuels and hydrogen derived from renewable resources.

Wind power is growing at the rate of 30% annually, with a worldwide installed capacity of 282,482 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2012, and is widely used in EuropeAsia, and the United States. At the end of 2012 the photovoltaic (PV) capacity worldwide was 100,000 MW, and PV power stations are popular in Germany and ItalySolar thermal powerstations operate in the USA and Spain, and the largest of these is the 354 MW SEGS power plant in the Mojave Desert. The world’s largest geothermal power installation is The Geysers in California, with a rated capacity of 750 MW. Brazil has one of the largest renewable energy programs in the world, involving production of ethanol fuel from sugar cane, and ethanol now provides 18% of the country’s automotive fuel. Ethanol fuel is also widely available in the USA.