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Bank seeks consultant for small hydro data, mapping services


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide small hydropower resource mapping services over four years.

Canadian developer still eyeing hydro as power source for Nunavut capital


A proposal from the Qulliq Energy Corporation could provide hydroelectric power to the capital of Canada's northernmost territory, should it be approved by the Iqaluit City Council.

Bank seeks consultant for Russia small hydropower study


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to assess the technical and economic potential of developing small hydropower in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region.

Greenko acquires 14-MW Sumez hydroelectric project in Himachal Pradesh


Indian renewable energy company Greenko has acquired the 14-MW Sumez hydropower plant, moving the company closer to its target of 1,000 MW of hydroelectric production by 2015.

Investment group completes acquisition of Allegheny River hydropower projects


Energy Investors Funds has acquired the Allegheny 8 and Allegheny 9 hydropower projects through its United States Power Fund IV.

HMV Ingenieros commissions 20.4-MW Barroso hydroelectric plant


Colombian power and engineering company HMV Ingenieros has completed work on its 20.4-MW Barroso hydropower project.

French utility awards contract for work at 2.864-MW Saint-Julien-Mont-Denis hydroelectric plant


Saem Sorea of France has awarded a contract to Truchet Travaux Publics to supply and install a penstock for the 2.864-MW Saint-Julien-Mont-Denis hydropower project.

Xcel installing warning sirens near 5.4-MW Menomonie hydroelectric project


Midwestern utility Xcel Energy has begun installing warning sirens on its hydroelectric projects along the Red Cedar River, has learned.

Albania to offer four hydropower projects for sale after deal falls through


Albania's government will re-offer four hydroelectric plants for sale after a previous investor withdrew from bargaining. 

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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