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Deputy Director / Staff Officer of Chairman, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority Pakistan(NEPRA)

An Energy Innovation enthusiast, Policymaker, World Future Energy Leader (FEL-100), and Power Sector Regulator, currently working as Deputy Director /Staff Officer of the Chairman, National...

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Expressing concern over long delays, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has directed the power sector entities concerned to immediately include hydroelectric power in the definition and scope of renewable energy and submit a compliance report at the earliest...

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Matt Chester on Sep 10, 2021

What was the argument of why hydropower shouldn't be included in the definition? It seems like such an obvious renewable source, and in fact it has the added benefits of being at maturity and scale already, along with pumped hydro showing the same tech can and is used for storage that can further enable other clean energy sources. 

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 12, 2021

"What was the argument of why hydropower shouldn't be included in the definition?"

Hydropower isn't included in the definition of "renewable energy" in California either, Matt, and the reason is simple: greed.

Hydropower generates a lot of power for California. Some of it is local, but most is imported from the Pacific Northwest. Solar, wind, and gas interests have consistently argued to exclude both hydropower and nuclear from any definition of "renewable" or "clean energy" because replacing them with wind turbines and solar panels would make them a lot of money.

If that bursts anyone's bubble, it should.

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Jim Stack on Sep 13, 2021

With the decrease in water in the Southwest hydro can be reduced quite a bit. I think that could be the only reason some areas don't want to include it. As to nuclear it uses a finite fuel. 

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 13, 2021

Jim, as I've pointed out many times before - existing reserves of uranium are estimated to last 20,000 years.

If we continue to allow ignorance and irrational fear to invent spurious reasons to reject nuclear energy, however, it's unlikely humanity will last another 1,000 years. Then there will be enough uranium - and quite a bit left over!

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