Hydroelectric power

In an extraordinary step to reduce energy costs, the Albanian government has ordered all cities to turn off lights in public buildings and streets when not in use. The order comes as the government faces an energy crisis caused by drought and power price spikes.
  • March 22, 2022
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The European Commission has given permission to an aid scheme presented by the French government to support renewable electricity production. The scheme grants support to operators of solar energy, onshore wind energy and hydroelectric plants by means of a competitive bidding process. The scheme has a total budget of around €30.5 billion and will serve eligible French renewable producers for a period of 5 years. France hopes to procure 34 GW of renewables generation capacity by 2026 under the incentive scheme.
  • July 30, 2021
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Germany and Norway announced the successful completion of an ambitious project to connect the two countries via a submarine cable to exchange renewable energy. Called NordLink, it is currently one of the longest submarine cables in the world: it starts at Tonstad, a town in southern Norway and terminates at Wilster in northern Germany, covering a distance of 623 kilometres. NordLink will facilitate the exchange of wind and solar energy from Germany with hydroelectric power from Norway. This will also help the two countries strengthen the reliability of renewable energy and overcome gaps in supply caused due to varying levels of sunshine, wind and rain. NordLink is the first direct power connection between Germany and Norway. The high-voltage DC link enables the exchange of 1,400 megawatts.
  • May 31, 2021
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