Renewables Yes! Big Hydro No!

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

This summary of the report, “Twelve Reasons to Exclude Large Hydro from Renewables Initiatives,” has been prepared for distribution at the International Conference for Renewable Energies, Bonn, June 2004. This summary has been endorsed by 247 groups and networks in 61 countries. Funds to reduce the climatic and other environmental impacts of energy production and consumption, to advance sustainable development, and to increase energy security should be used for the promotion of “new renewables.” The most important “new renewables” are modern biomass, geothermal, wind, solar, marine energy, and small hydro (<10 MW) compliant with the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams.

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