(April 17, 2009) In a rare legal victory for Thai villagers, a provincial court has ordered Thailand’s national power utility to compensate hundreds of villagers for health problems caused by years of pollution from its Mae Moh power plant in northern Thailand.
Thailand’s electric utility set to build war-zone dam in Burma
(April 7, 2009) In the name of cheap power, Thailand’s electric utility has joined forces with its Burmese counterpart to build a large hydroelectric dam near the Thai border, where the Burmese army has waged war against ethnic minorities for decades.
“Small is beautiful”: Civil society pushes for small-scale energy resource management
(February 21, 2009) ASEAN is ignoring innovations in local energy sources in favour of a centralised and potentially dangerous energy system for the region, the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum heard today.
Developers suspend major hydro investments in Lao PDR
(December 17, 2008) Investors have decided to suspend major electricity power development projects in Laos as a result of the international financial crisis, according to a Ministry of Planning and Investment official.
ANALYSIS: Chinese hydro concessions generate controversy in Cambodia
(December 11, 2008) In a desperate bid to attract investment in Cambodia’s failing power sector, the government is offering guaranteed power revenues to Chinese companies willing to finance and build large hydro dams, and sell their entire output to the financially-strapped state utility, Electricite du Cambodge (EdC).
Yunnan prefecture promotes Lancang hydro development
(November 30, 2008) Lancang hydro development has entered a new phase, according to Dali (Yunnan) Daily News.
FEATURE: Reclaiming the Sesan River
(November 30, 2008) Ever since Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) began damming the Sesan River for hydropower, affected communities in downstream Cambodia have grappled with the question: what, if anything, can be done to reduce the worst effects of EVN dam operations?
EGAT acquires coal mining rights in Indonesia
(November 29, 2008) Egat International Co (Egat Inter), a subsidiary of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, has received coal exploration and production rights in Sumatra from the Indonesian government, which will strengthen its power generating portfolio overseas.
(November 28, 2008) Big things are expected of China’s new energy regulator as the country faces a power pinch and calls for a shift toward renewable sources.
Lao dams muddying the waters
(November 18, 2008) Environmentalists say regional forums have proven themselves inadequate to address the cross-border impacts of a slew of hydropower dam projects planned for southern Laos.
Reclaiming the Sesan River
(November 15, 2008) Ever since Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) began damming the Sesan River for hydropower, affected communities in downstream Cambodia have grappled with the question: what, if anything, can be done to reduce the worst effects of EVN dam operations?
Chinese dams accused of flooding the region
(November 14, 2008) Many of the 300 representatives at a recent forum in Bangkok have blamed Chinese authorities for releasing water from three hydropower dams on the Mekong River in August, which devastated hundreds of communities downstream.
ELECTRICITY OF VIETNAM: High electricity prices a drain on the economy, say Hanoi economists
(November 10, 2008) Hanoi University’s Centre for Economic and Policy Research calls for more competition in electricity generation and independent checks on Electricity of Vietnam’s costs and profits before any further rate increases.
Chinese dam planner says upper Mekong dam impacts “limited”
(October 29, 2008) Last month in Vientiane, a spokesman for one of China’s largest dam planning agencies1 assured the Mekong River Commission (which includes the four lower Mekong countries of Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam) that dam-building on the upper Mekong would have only “limited impact” downstream.
Sinohydro seeks MIGA insurance for Mekong dams
(October 29, 2008) Sinohydro, the company that helped build China’s massive Three Gorges dam, has requested political risk insurance from the World Bank’s investment guarantee agency (MIGA) for the Nam Ngum 5 hydro project it is building in neighbouring Lao PDR.