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15 Hydropower Development: Return of a Crisis on the Upper Reaches of the Yangtze River

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After building the Three Gorges Dam, China is again faced with a historical choice in constructing hydropower sites along the Yangtze River. On November 19, 2012, the first units of the Xiangjia Hydropower Plant began to generate power, signaling the beginning of the four worldclass hydropower stations along the downstream reaches of the Jinsha River. The Xiangjia plant joins with Xiluodu, Baihetan, and Wudongde stations in the upper reaches of the river, completing a giant group of hydropower stations that has the total installation capacity twice the size of the Three Gorges. The largest hydropower energy base in China currently underway, the Jinsha River project, has gone through multiple programs by different hydropower departments over the years. The hydropower projects along Jinsha River have complicated sources of investment.

Keywords: China; hydropower department; Jinsha River project; Xiangjia Hydropower Plant; Yangtze River



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