IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Renewable Energy and the Environment


  • Cornelia MARIN

    () (Spiru Haret University, 13, Ion Ghica street, Bucharest, 030045, Romania)

  • Liliana GURAN-NICA

    () (Spiru Haret University, Ion Ghica, no. 13, Bucharest, 030045, Romania)


The rush for renewable energy, as an alternative to energy from fossil fuels, generates a number of problems. This paper proposes to investigate domestic energy production using waterfalls. The country has a tradition of harnessing water power by building hydroelectric crowned with success. To these were added in recent years, small hydropower plants (SHP)whose beneficiaries aim to tap the energy of mountain water courses. The amount of energy produced in the country, which has water source, covers about a third of necessary. Is it a renewable energy with minimal environmental impact? Amid legislation and especially of taxation that favors the construction of such SHPs the number of such projects has exploded, although at the same amount of electricity produced an SHP has a 5-8 times higher impact on biodiversity, compared to a hydroelectric dam with. The impact that these have on the environment (SHP) is underreported. We present in this paper how the intervention works in the minor bed for installing water abstraction and adduction results in reduced water flow rate, to change the morphological characteristics of the river beds, the impaired quality of surface waters, and not least to the deterioration of ecosystems of river beds. The case studies that will be presented will focus on SHP Capra in FagaraÈ™ Mountains where deforestation were not the only danger, and SHP Nera, project that would be carried out in the vicinity of the protected area Nera and was provisionally blocked.

Suggested Citation

  • Cornelia MARIN & Liliana GURAN-NICA, 2016. "Renewable Energy and the Environment," International Conference on Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Spiru Haret University, vol. 3(1), pages 53-60, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:icb:wpaper:v:3:y:2016:i:1:53-60

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item


    renewable energy; environment; small hydropower plants;

    JEL classification:

    • Q29 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Other


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:icb:wpaper:v:3:y:2016:i:1:53-60. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Rocsana Bucea-Manea-Tonis). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.