Milestone-Proposal talk:ITAIPU Hydroelectric Power Plant- Coming 50 years of providing clean energy

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Comment E Tejera -- E.tejera (talk) 12:54, 10 January 2020 (UTC)[edit | reply | new]

The proposer has indicated that a meeting was held with officals from the ITAIPU plant requesting the authorization and the process to submit he final proposal is underway. Jan 8, 2020

Comment E Tejera -- E.tejera (talk) 17:12, 2 March 2020 (UTC)[edit | reply | new]

Mar-2-2020 Iformation received from the proposer indicates that they have received the approval from the plant owner and will proceed to complete the necessary information for the milestone to continue the process

Itaipu Milestone citation and sustainable energy claim -- Administrator4 (talk) 13:20, 18 March 2022 (UTC)[edit | reply | new]

It is important that the claims made in the citation be accurate and fully supported, especially “…non-polluting and sustainable energy with the environment” And “…also contributes to climate change mitigation…”

Itaipu resulted in a loss of biodiversity
Itaipu flooded 1,350 square km of rainforest. Flooded forests release methane.
Itaipu Dam has altered the surrounding microclimate
The Itaipu dam displaced 59,000 people

A 2013 study showed that the Itaipu reservoir emitted more CO2 into the atmosphere than it absorbed

Microclimate change: “On an annual basis, the simulated runoff decreased by 0.3% in 2010–2040 and 2.5% in 2070–2100 with respect to the baseline period, corresponding to an expected monetary loss of 0.37 and 1.43 million US$ per month, respectively.”

Water stores solar radiation better than land. Temperature increases of 4 degrees centigrade have been recorded surrounding the reservoir.

Emilio Moran, a professor of geography and environment at Michigan State University, wrote that the Itaipu Dam resulted in a 70 percent loss of biodiversity. Review of Before the Flood: The Itaipu Dam and the Visibility of Rural Brazil by Jacob Blanc, (Duke University Press, 2019)

“Nearly 50 years after it was built, the dam is still central to criticisms of the former dictator Alfredo Stroessner’s Colorado Party,”

Re: Itaipu Milestone citation and sustainable energy claim -- E.tejera (talk) 13:48, 19 April 2022 (UTC)[edit | reply | new]

I think a balance has to be evaluate when criticizing this project and the effects may had in the environment. One thing to considers is all generation from fossil fuels that this hydro generation has displaced during the year contributing to the development of activities in both Brazil and Paraguay. The intent of the Milestone Program is to recognize the impact projects and innovations made into the society. This project definitely changed the way energy was managed, specially in Brazil, the transmission connection and many other positive outcomes from its implementation.

Evaluation from reviewer Luiz Barroso -- E.tejera (talk) 13:53, 19 April 2022 (UTC)[edit | reply | new]

1) Is the suggested wording of the Plaque Citation accurate? YES

2) Is the evidence presented in the proposal of sufficient substance and accuracy to support the Citation? YES

3) Does the proposed milestone represent a significant technical achievement? YES. In 1994, the American Society of Civil Engineers elected the Itaipu Dam as one of the seven modern Wonders of the World. In the period 2012–2021, the Itaipu Dam maintained the second highest average annual hydroelectric production in the world, delivering clear and reliable energy to Brazil and Paraguay.

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