Power Supply

  • NEA: 4378 MWh
  • Private Sector: 3994 MWh
  • India: 11383 MWh
  • Tripping: 80 MWh
  • Demand : 19835 MWh
  • Soure : NEA


EPM closes one of two floodgates at 2.4-GW Ituango hydro project

Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) has closed one of the two floodgates at the 2.4-GW Ituango hydro project, which previously had been opened and was allowing water to flow into the turbine rooms. According to BNamericas, Medellin Mayor Frederica Gutierrez Zulaga, who is also chairman of the board of project…

Solar over hydro

Nepalis have always prided in the country’s abundance of hydropower potential that will someday lead to national prosperity. Surveys have established that Nepal has 83,000 megawatts of hydropower capacity of which approximately half is commercially viable. General logic and the resulting government policy has dictated that even if just a…

Nepal’s hydropower boom needs strategic assessment and public oversight

In 2017, I visited 1,200 MW Budhi Gandaki hydropower project, 70 kilometers from Kathmandu, and found many similarities with the Egiin Gol hydropower project in Mongolia, long monitored by our RwB Coalition.  Both projects were designed in the 1970s Soviet-school mega-hydropower planning style, both have not progressed in 40 years. In both cases, the…

Hydro Review: The Way Forward for Nepal’s Hydropower Development

Nepal has huge potential for hydropower development. The rough estimate of the potential is more than 80,000 MW. However, the installed hydro capacity as of 2018 is less than 1,000 MW. Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), a government entity, owns and operates the national grid. About 60% of the 30 million…

Dams and dreams – a journey down the Karnali

Dal Bahadur Shahi lives in Twinkuna, in Dailekh district of western Nepal. This is the proposed site for Nepal’s largest hydropower dam – the 900 megawatt (MW) Upper Karnali. He was in his 50s when he first heard that electricity would be produced from the river he used to cross…

A journey down the Karnali: Living in fear of floods

Preparing soup for her grandson under a dim solar powered bulb, 50-year-old Pema Angmo explained how frightening life is on the bank of Karnali River in western Nepal’s Hilsa village, on the border of Tibet. Large embankments protect the huge immigration office and villages in Tibet, but Nepalis on the…

Best of 2018: Nepal’s Chinese dams and BRI

Nepal’s Energy Minister Barshaman Pun had an important message when he spoke to the Chinese media recently. His mission was to mitigate damage caused by negative press over the “cancellation” of a billion dollar contract awarded to a Chinese company to build one of Nepal’s biggest hydropower projects. In an…

Nepal’s unutilised power potential

It’s akin to carrying coal to Jharia or Talcher: Nepal, with 6,000 running streams and huge hydroelectric potential, is to step up its power purchase from India. Reports say that the Nepal Electricity Authority is to increase its power purchase from NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) to 500 MW. The…

India’s energy subsidies declined by 36 per cent from FY14 to FY17

India’s total energy subsidies amounted to Rs 151,480 crore ($23 billion) in financial year 2016-17, a 36 per cent decrease since financial year 2013-14, according to a report by the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). Renewable energy subsidies increased six-fold since 2014, including…

Green peafowl lawsuit exposes dam damage

Conservation group Friends of Nature has asked courts to halt construction of a hydropower plant on a stretch of China’s Red River known as the Jiasa to protect the last major habitat of the endangered green peafowl. The case opened in August at the Kunming Intermediate People’s Court. Many international rivers flow through…