Facing a worrying winter drought, Portugal's government on Tuesday (2 February) ordered some of the country's hydropower dams to temporarily limit water use for electricity production and irrigation, prioritising human consumption instead.
As Europe embarks on a rocky transition to renewable energy, Albania, where hydropower produces almost 100% of electricity, is facing its own issues. Communities impacted by the building of hydroelectric dams are fighting back, and they are winning.
Portugal produced more power from clean energy sources in March than it actually needed, marking the first time in the 21st century that renewables have topped 100% of its production. But a dearth of energy connections with the rest of Europe remains problematic.
The European Union’s scientific research centre has explored the idea of linking the power grids of Europe and China, in order to tap into the immense clean energy potential of the Middle Kingdom and the countries of Central Asia.
Croatia will this month increase incentive fees for renewable energy producers in an attempt to boost the share of clean energy, although this will result in slightly higher electricity bills for households.
While discussions over the permit and environmental impact assessment are ongoing, the European Commission has listed the expansion of the Kaunertal hydropower plant among the key energy infrastructure projects of the EU, write Roland Jöbstl and Birgit Schmidhuber.
Thirty-nine of Italy’s municipalities are now running on 100% renewable energy and utility bills are falling as a result. The rest of the country is also experiencing a green revolution of sorts. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.