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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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Ex-minister: Government in Chile should change small hydro definition

05/24/2011

Chile's government needs to reform existing classifications for run-of-river hydropower projects in order to achieve its target of 20 percent non-conventional renewable capacity by 2020, the country's former energy minister Ricardo Raineri told news services.

Panama seeks rural electrification monitoring, including hydro

05/20/2011

Panama's Office of Rural Electrification invites expressions of interest from consultants to monitor implementation of its rural electrification program, which includes micro- and small hydropower.

Romania developer seeks construction of four small hydros

05/17/2011

Romania hydro developer SC Hidro Este SRL seeks bids for construction of four small hydroelectric projects and bids to supply turbine-generators and other equipment in Romania.

Mpanga small hydro project commissioned in Uganda

05/11/2011

The Mpanga hydroelectric power project in Kamwenge District, Uganda, is now operational, news agencies reported.

Small hydro projects advance in Colombia

04/29/2011

Construction work at the 20-MW Alto Tulua and Bajo Tulua small hydro projects in Colombia's Valle de Cuaca department are 84.3 percent and 68.5 percent complete respectively, hydropower generator Epsa announced.

China city seeks construction of 11 small hydro projects

04/25/2011

Yichang's small hydropower agency invites applications for pre-qualification to build 11 small hydroelectric projects in China's Hubei Province.

EBRD boosts small hydro development in Macedonia

04/21/2011

The European Bank For Reconstruction and Development will lend Macedonia 6 million euros (US$8.7 million) for small hydropower plant development, news agencies reported.

Aneel okays small hydro project in Brazil

04/15/2011

Brazilian utility sector regulator Aneel has okayed commercial operations at two generator units at the 3-MW Albano Machado small hydropower plant, wire services reported.

Ocana small hydro project commercial operations expected in October

04/06/2011

Commercial operations of Ecuadorian state generator Elecaustro's 26-MW Ocana hydro project are expected to begin in October, a company official told wire services.

Hydroelectric stations planned between Lakefield and Trent University in Canada

04/04/2011

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

Egehid to operate Los Toros hydropower plant in Dominican Republic

03/25/2011

Dominican Republic state hydropower generator Egehid has signed an agreement with the national water resources institute Indrhi to take over operation of the Los Toros small hydroelectric power plant.

RusHydro to develop hydropower potential of Altay Republic

03/15/2011

JSC RusHydro announces the completion of creation of a new wholly-owned subsidiary, JSC Malye GES Altaya. The subsidiary will oversee construction of a pilot small hydropower project in the Altay Republic.

Regulators okay test operations for Brazil small hydro projects

03/14/2011

Brazilian utility sector regulator Aneel has authorized test operations at the 11.4-MW Areia small hydro project, according to wire reports.

On-site micro-hydro scheme for UK stone company

03/07/2011

Forest Pennant, a natural stone company based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK, recently switched on its on-site micro-hydro generation turbine.

Eagle Creek acquires New York small hydro projects

01/27/2011

Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC, a portfolio company of clean energy private equity firm Hudson Clean Energy Partners, has acquired two hydroelectric facilities in Sullivan and Orange County, New York.

Desarrollos Hidroelectricos secures San Andres hydro project extension in Panama

01/25/2011

Panama's public services regulator Asep has granted Desarrollos Hidroelectricos a 12-month extension to begin construction of the San Andres hydroelectric power project.

Initial Patuca III hydro project work set to begin in Honduras

01/24/2011

First stage works of Honduras' 104-MW Patuca III hydro project will begin in early February, said the general manager of state power company Enee.

Copel to invest US778 million in Colider hydro project in Brazil

01/20/2011

Brazil's Parana state power firm Copel has signed the concession agreement with the Brazilian mines and energy ministry to build and operate the 300-MW Colider hydropower project, news agencies reported.

Maldie Burn small hydro project approved in Scotland

01/17/2011

A small RWE hydropower project that can power 2,500 homes has been approved by the Scottish Government.

Epsa unveils Amaime small hydropower plant

01/11/2011

Colombian hydropower generator Epsa has officially unveiled its 20-MW Amaime run-of-river small hydro plant in Valle del Cauca department.


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