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Hydroelectric plants with a capacity of 20 MW or less are a valuable niche of the hydro industry, providing local power in underdeveloped countries and sources of new capacity in established markets.

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Delayed Windsor Castle project on track for end-of-year completion

08/09/2012

A plan for hydroelectric production at Windsor Castle has been delayed as a result of complications with the project's 11,000-volt transmission line.

Philippines, Japanese teaming up for small hydro development

08/08/2012

The Filipino government is hoping an agreement between its National Irrigation Administration and the Japan International Cooperation Agency will help cultivate small hydropower development.

Nordic Investment Bank announces $163 million loan for small hydro development

08/01/2012

An agreement between the Nordic Investment Bank and Sparebank 1 SMN worth more than US$163 million will help finance small hydropower development in Norway.

Report shows potential for global small hydro growth, development

07/25/2012

A new report from energy market analyst GlobalData indicates that governments around the world are beginning to see advantages of small hydropower development, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Company files EIA for Chilean small hydropower project

07/24/2012

Trans Antartic Energia has submitted an environmental impact assessment to Chile's Servicio de Evaluacion Ambiental for a 6.7-MW hydropower project in the southern part of the country.

Ecuador developer seeks bids to build 3.96-MW Chorrillos

07/23/2012

Local developer Hidrozamora E.P. seeks bids to construct the powerhouse of the 3.96-MW Chorrillos hydroelectric project on Chorrillos Stream in Ecuador's Zamora Chinchipe Province.

U.S. House passes Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

07/11/2012

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012 has passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a unanimous, bipartisan 372-0 vote.

RenoEnergie awards contract for work at Czech Republic's Plzen-Hradste hydropower plant

07/11/2012

Hydrohrom s.r.o. has been awarded a contract worth US$527,420 by RenoEnergie a.s. for work at the Czech Republic's Plzen-Hradste small hydropower plant.

Nicaragua seeks study of small hydro potential in two river basins

07/06/2012

Nicaragua's electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform an initial assessment of small hydropower potential in two Nicaragua river basins.

Small Hydro: Power of the Dammed: How Small Hydro Could Rescue America's Dumb Dams

07/01/2012

Fitting the tens of thousands of non-powered dams in the U.S. with hydroelectric generating equipment could provide a valuable source of reliable, emissions-free energy. But this can only happen if developers find ways to overcome the biggest obstacle: government paperwork.

Project Spotlight: Developing 7.5-MW Youngs Creek in Washington State

07/01/2012

Successful completion of the 7.5-MW Youngs Creek project in Washington State shows it is possible to develop new small hydro facilities that are both cost-effective and meet high environmental standards. The project has been operating since October 2011.

Dutch company to supply 25 hydropower units to Nepal

06/20/2012

Dutch turbine manufacturer Tocardo International has closed a deal to sell 25 of its T100 generating units to Glow Tech Solutions of Nepal.

Colombia's 19.9-MW Hidromontanitas hydroelectric plant operational

06/18/2012

Colombian power company Celsia has begun commercial operation of its 19.9-MW Hidromontanitas hydropower project, HydroWorld.com has learned.

RusHydro, Kazakhmys sign deal for small hydroelectric development

06/14/2012

Utilities RusHydro and Kazkhmys have signed a tentative deal that would see the Russian energy conglomerate construct up to 300 MW-worth of small hydroelectric plants in Kazakhstan, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Albania looking to sell four hydropower plants to foreign investors

06/08/2012

The Albanian government is interested in selling four state-owned hydropower plants to private investors, according to information provided by the country's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy.

India's Assam State planning massive small hydro expansion

06/04/2012

A partnership between the Assam Power Project Development Company Ltd. and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. could create as many as 149 new small hydropower projects, Indian sources report.

Hawaii decides not to pursue 1.5-MW Waimea hydropower project

06/01/2012

Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie has announced a new 1.5-MW hydropower facility will not be constructed due to recent feasibility studies.

Aboitiz Power expanding hydro portfolio with two new generating facilities

05/25/2012

Filipino management and investment group Aboitiz Power Corp. announces its plan to construct two run-of-river hydroelectric plants: 16.4-MW Sita and 11.8-MW Simod.

Group files to become Bhutan's first hydroelectric construction company

05/23/2012

An application filed last week with Bhutan's Ministry of Economic Affairs should give the south Asian country its first hydropower construction company, HydroWorld.com has learned.

CAF, Sao Paulo teaming up for small hydropower study

05/21/2012

The Andean Development Corporation and the governor of Brazil's Sao Paulo state have signed an agreement that will provide non-reimbursable funds for the research and evaluation of small hydropower plants.

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