The US$550m project has been welcomed by Greenpeace as an alternative energy source to coal, the darling of energy-hungry Indonesia's growth ambitions. But questions remain about the project's environmental and social impact.
Legal disputes, bad publicity, protests and violence. The transition to a low-carbon economy is not without problems, with renewable energy projects — mainly hydropower — running into the same community conflict issues the fossil fuels industry has faced, a report has found.
Yongping Zhai –
This little understood technology has the potential to reinvent the energy sector, turn regular consumers into power producers and support countries in achieving their climate commitments, writes ADB's Yongping Zhai.
Giulio Boccaletti –
Hydropower is a low-carbon energy source, but not without ecological, social, and economic consequences. The Nature Conservancy water expert Giulio Boccaletti argues for a more holistic, less damaging approach to planning and building dams.
International Institute for Environment and Development researcher Jamie Skinner discusses whether tightening up standards to minimise social and environmental risks could shift the debate on hydropower.
South Australia's blackout last week raised questions about the role of renewable energy in energy security. Samantha Hepburn from Deakin University explains why energy security for the future is about diversity, and not an outdated reliance on fossil fuel-generated power.
Renewable Energy is central to sustainable economic development; it moderates growth of energy demand contributes towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and significantly lowers dependency on oil. Renewable Energy ...