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Hydro stations planned between Lakefield and Trent University

A pair of hydroelectric generating stations may be built on the Otonabee River, between Peterborough and Lakefield in Ontario, Canada.

Coastal Hydropower Corp., a Calgary-based company, plans to build a hydroelectric generating facility beside the dam at Lock 24 and another hydroelectric generating facility beside the dam at Lock 25.

Together, the two facilities would generate a total of about 4 MW. To feed water into the generating station, Trent Rapids Power Corp., which is partly owned by Peterborough Utilities, built a one-kilometer long canal.

The hydroelectric generating facilities proposed by Coastal Hydropower would require an 80-meter long power canal, of which 10 meters would be concrete and the remainder would be rock.

But instead of a traditional canal, a 10-meter wide bypass area would be dug out next to the dam, Coastal Hydropower President Neil Anderson said.

Andritz Hydro to supply turbines, generators to Mica project

Andritz Hydro received an order from British Columbia Hydro & Power Authority to supply two Francis turbines and generators to expand the Mica hydropower plant in British Columbia.

The order comes into force in the first quarter of 2011 and has a value of approximately EUR110 million (US$154 million).

The Andritz Hydro scope of supply includes installation and commissioning of two Francis turbines, each with an output of 520.3 MW and a runner diameter of 5,600 mm.

SNC-Lavalin to deliver services for the Muskrat Falls project

SNC-Lavalin signed an agreement with Nalcor Energy to deliver engineering, procurement and construction management services for Phase I of the Lower Churchill Project – the Muskrat Falls hydro development – in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Nalcor said previously that the C$6.2 billion Lower Churchill hydro project would include a pair of generating facilities at Muskrat Falls and Gull Island, with a combined capacity of more than 3,000 MW.

The Muskrat Falls facility, with a capacity of 824 MW, will be the first developed in the Lower Churchill Project.

Magma Energy to acquire Plutonic Power

Magma Energy Corp., a Vancouver- based geothermal power developer, agreed to buy Plutonic Power Corp. for C$190 million (US$195.7 million) in stock to diversify its renewable energy capabilities.

Magma, which is changing its name to Alterra Power Corp. after the transaction closes, said in a statement that Plutonic investors will receive 2.38 of its shares for every Plutonic share held.

Plutonic operates hydroelectric plants and wind farms and announced in January plans to acquire three photovoltaic solar projects from First Solar Inc.

Ontario announces 40 new projects

Through the province’s clean energy Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has approved 40 new large-scale renewable energy projects, including solar, wind and hydro, that will attract C$3 billion in private sector investment.

These projects represent more than 872 MW of renewable power: 35 solar projects totaling 357 MW, four wind projects totaling 615 MW, and one 500 KW hydro project.

This second round of projects follows the April 2010 announcement of 180 projects that will generate 2,400 MW of clean energy.

BC Hydro’s Sturdy Creek Dam to be removed

BC Hydro is moving forward with a plan to decommission a small concrete dam on Haida Gwaii that has not been used in many years.

Built in the 1940s, the 4-meter-high, 11-meter-wide Sturdy Creek Dam has completely filled in with earth and the creek now runs over the top of the structure.

BC Hydro co-owns Sturdy Creek Dam in the Village of Queen Charlotte. It was previously used as a storage facility, supplying water to a hospital and a diesel-powered generating station. There is no power generating equipment at the dam.

BC Hydro plans to completely remove the structure and the in-fill material, with work expected to take place from mid-June through August of this year. The site will be restored and a small foot bridge will be constructed.

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