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Battle Developing over Vjosa River in Albania

The Vjosa, situated in Albania, is Europe’s last unspoiled river. A large hydro-power dam is planned in the 270 km long river and the usual conflict between economic interests & increased wealth vs nature breaks out. Albania is already the “largest” hydro-power producer in the world in terms of share of the total electricity production palette (90% in 2011) and wants to increase this share to 100%. A Vjosa river dam could add another 400 MW. Other projects underway include Skavica, up to 350 MW and Devolli 400 MW.

Hydro-power in the balkans. Legend: black=existing, yellow=under construction, red=planned.

[wikipedia.org] – Aoös
[balkanrivers.net] – Vjosa River, Europe’s Unknown Wild Jewel
[balkaninsight.com] – Albania Power Plant Approval Angers Greens
[spiegel.de] – Das letzte blaue Wunder Europas

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