After an exhaustive review of small hydropower plants following claims of mismanagement, the government plans to reduce the country's reliance on this source of energy.
Under a new national power plan, hydropower plants’ contribution to the grid will reduce from more than 40 percent now to 29.5 percent in 2020 and 15.5 percent in 2030, the government website reported Thursday.
Other sources of electricity will get priority, especially thermal power, which is expected to contribute to 49.3 percent of output in 2020 and 55 percent in 2025.
Besides, Vietnam will also focus on developing wind, solar, and nuclear power. The country’s first nuclear power plant is slated to go on stream in 2028 in the central province of Binh Thuan.
From 2012 the government reviewed hundreds of existing and planned hydropower plants, mostly of medium and small size, and scrapped nearly 420 proposed plants at the end of 2013.
The review came after media reports that in the central region, crops and houses were damaged and floods were worsened by water released without notice from hydropower dams.