Germany's Experience: How Effective Are Renewables, Really?
Part 5: Hydroelectric Power
In Germany, there is virtually no room for the construction of further hydroelectric power facilities. Almost all German rivers have been dammed and have been for quite some time. But outside Germany's borders, there is still room for improvement. Huge hydroelectric power plants are currently under construction around the world, many of them in developing countries. Many of these projects, however, have a questionable reputation, as immense new dams flood huge land areas. Often entire towns disappear under the waves, and their residents are forced to move elsewhere. Environmental standards are likewise often ignored.
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