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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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New Zealand's TrustPower working on new small hydro project

02/08/2012

New Zealand utility TrustPower has announced a new 3.8-MW hydropower generating plant, sources report.

Nicaragua seeks consultants to advance five small hydro projects

02/08/2012

Nicaragua's electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to design and prepare tender documents for construction of five small hydropower projects in Nicaragua's Region Autonoma del Atlantico Norte.

New bill could increase small hydropower in Poland

02/06/2012

Poland is looking to increase the share of renewable electricity within its energy mix from 10% to 15.5% over the next decade, and this would include investment in small hydro plants.

Berthol wins contract to redevelop Rivaz in Switzerland

02/01/2012

Swiss contractor Berthol has been awarded a contract to supply equipment for redevelopment of the 725-kW Rivaz 2 hydroelectric plant on Forestay Creek.

Guyana, EU teaming up for Chiung River Falls project

01/26/2012

The European Union (EU) will provide funding for a new 330-kW hydroelectric plant along Guyana's Chiung River, with the stipulation that the country construct a new secondary school first.

Ugandan small hydro project gets financial backing

01/24/2012

The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) has arranged a US$24 million senior loan for the financing of a 14-MW run-of-river hydropower plant in Uganda.

Hydroelectricity growing worldwide, study indicates

01/24/2012

A recent report published by the Worldwatch Institute indicates hydropower consumption increased more than 5% between 2009 and 2010.

Ecuadorian utility names supplier for small hydro project

01/20/2012

Ecuadorian utility Empresa Electrica Quito (EEQ) has awarded a US$6.53 million contract to Ensilectric to manufacture and install electromechanical equipment for the 10-MW Victoria hydropower plant in Napo Province, sources report.

Royal Haskoning looks to boost power access in western Uganda with small hydro

01/20/2012

International consulting firm Royal Haskoning will soon begin work on a hydropower project that will provide electricity to 350,000 people in Uganda's rural western region.

Idaho preparing for new small hydro plant

01/16/2012

A new 1.27-MW hydroelectric plant is being planned for Idaho's Deer Flat canal, sources report.

Scottish utility exploring benefits of small hydro network

01/11/2012

Scottish Water will soon embark on an ambitious US$31 million plan that will see the utility's existing water treatment plants partially converted to produce hydroelectric power.

Swiss utility BKW acquires Italian hydro facilities

01/09/2012

BKW FMB Energy Ltd. is acquiring five small run-of-river hydropower plants from Italian energy utility Sorgenia, the company announced.

Consultants named for Mara River Basin Project study

01/05/2012

TAHAL Consulting Engineers Ltd. and Bhundia Associates have been awarded a contract to perform assessments as part of Tanzania's Mara River Basin Project.

Mavel wins contract for Czech Libechov project

12/22/2011

Mavel has been awarded a US$6.98 million contract by developer Mercator Energy to equip the 4.59-MW Libechov hydroelectric project on the Elbe River in the Czech Republic.

Jamaican utility announces developer for new small hydro facility

12/22/2011

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has announced plans to develop a new hydroelectric power plant in Maggotty, Jamaica.

Serbian utility gets $59 million loan for small hydro projects

12/21/2011

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved a 45 million euro (US$59 million) loan to Serbia's state-owned utility for renovating and building small hydropower plants.

Nicaragua names firms to build, equip 1.548-MW Wiwili

12/14/2011

Nicaragua's energy and mines ministry has named two firms to build and equip the 1.548-MW Wiwili hydroelectric project in Jinotega Department.

China city names four groups to build 11 small hydro projects

12/13/2011

Yichang's small hydropower agency has awarded contracts worth US$52.8 million to four Chinese groups to build 11 small hydroelectric projects in China's Hubei Province.

HMV Ingenieros expanding small hydropower capacity in Colombia

12/08/2011

Colombian power and engineering company HMV Ingenieros will add up to 200 MW in small hydroelectric capacity in the coming years, news sources report.

Hydropower industry represented during annual Platts Global Energy awards

12/06/2011

Several members from hydroelectric-related industries received honors from the 13th annual Platts Global Energy Awards held this month in New York City.


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