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Bank of Georgia, Germany's KfW ink deal for small hydro development


Bank of Georgia Holdings PLC (BGH) and German development bank KfW have a loan agreement worth US$32 million that will primarily be used for the construction of small hydropower projects.

Peru seeks more studies of small and medium-sized hydro projects


Peru's energy and mines ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop socio-environmental studies for small and medium-sized hydropower projects in Peru.

Voters shut down 1.05-MW Castle Creek hydropower scheme


Colorado voters nixed Aspen's long-delayed 1.05-MW Castle Creek hydropower project, with those opposing the plan holding about a 51.4% advantage over those in favor.

Hydro Tasmania awards contract for work at 10.5-MW Rowallan hydropower project


Hydro Tasmania has awarded a US$4 million contract to Hazell Bros for the first stage of an upgrade project at Rowallan Dam.

Scottish small hydro developer receives investment for growth


A US$5.27 million investment from the Scottish Equity Partner's Environmental Energies Fund will allow hydropower developer Green Highland Renewables to continue expanding its business.

Peru seeks studies of small and medium-sized hydro projects


Peru's energy and mines ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform technical and economic pre-feasibility studies of small and medium-sized hydropower projects in Peru.

BC Hydro seeks renewables projects on Haida Gwaii islands


BC Hydro invites expressions of interest from potential developers of renewable energy projects, including hydropower, on Haida Gwaii in western British Columbia.

Kansas' 4.6-MW Bowersock Mills hydropower plant opening ahead of schedule


A 4.6-MW expansion of the Bowersock hydropower plant on the Kansas River could start generating power a month earlier than expected, has learned.

Free Flow applies for seven licenses on Ohio's Muskingum River


Hydro developer Free Flow Power Corp. has filed applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to license seven hydroelectric projects totaling 25 MW on the Muskingum River in Ohio.

Hydro Gains on Investment Slide


Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports that 2012 investment in renewable and clean energy is expected to fall considerably short of the record $280 billion spent last year.

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Uganda planning two new hydropower plants for West Nile region


Officials in Uganda's Zombo District say the recently completed 3.5-MW Paidha hydroelectric plant is only the beginning in assuring the region has reliable energy, has learned.

Rouby of Cognac wins bid for work at France's 5.9-MW Panneciere hydroelectric project


Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium has awarded a contract to Rouby of Cognac for work at the 5.9-MW Panneciere hydropower plant on France's Yonne River.

Modernizations under way at France's 5-MW Pont Baldy hydropower plant


Energie Developpement Services du Brianconnais (EDSB) is modernizing its 5-MW Pont Baldy hydroelectric plant in Briancon, France.

China Hydroelectric announces sale of 30-MW Yuheng hydropower facility


Small hydropower developer China Hydroelectric Corporation has entered into a Share Transfer Agreement for the sale of its 30-MW Yuheng hydro plant.

Hydro Ottawa recognized by Ontario Energy Association for accomplishments


Utility company Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. has been named the 2012 Large Company of the Year in the Ontario energy sector by the Ontario Energy Association.

FERC OKs expansion of two Maine projects, licenses 4-MW Broken Bow


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved license amendments expanding two Maine hydroelectric projects and licensed the 4-MW Broken Bow Re-Regulation Dam project in Oklahoma during September.

China Hydroelectric names interim CEO


Energy developer China Hydroelectric Corp. has appointed an interim chief executive officer and assigned roles for the members of its board of directors, has learned.

Serbia continues hydroelectric expansion with 10 new small hydro plants


Italy's Maccaferri Group will soon begin work on 10 small hydropower facilities along the Ibar River in southern Serbia, has learned.

China Hydroelectric announces settlement, new board of directors


A month of turmoil at China Hydroelectric Corporation has led to the removal and replacement of a number of the company's top executives -- including former chief executive officer John D. Kuhns -- has learned.

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