India’s love for hydroelectric power is misplaced: It isn’t renewable, river flow is erratic and mega dams dangerous


India’s love for hydroelectric power is misplaced: It isn’t renewable, river flow is erratic and mega dams dangerous

In the context of changing energy landscapes, there is a shift across the world beyond the conventional categorisation of energy as “renewable” and “non-renewable”, and towards the deployment of terms such as “low-carbon”, “zero emission” and “green” to represent the normative aspirations about the kind of sustainable energy that should fuel our economies.

Energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind fulfil these criteria. But locating hydroelectric power within the binaries of renewable and non-renewable energy proves to be more complex.

This article makes the argument that electricity from large hydroelectric power projects is not renewable in nature, and further, does not fulfil the criteria of being low-carbon and emission-free. Read More

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