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    Copel to start construction of Cavernoso II hydro project in January


    Brazilian utility Copel will begin construction of its 19.5-MW Cavernoso II small hydro plant in January 2011, a spokesperson for the firm told wire services.

    Sri Lanka small hydro project registered under Clean Development Mechanism


    The Adavikanda small hydropower project in Sri Lanka has been registered as a Clean Development Project under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, wire services reported.

    SSE Renewables wins approval for Kildermorie small hydropower project


    SSE Renewables, the renewable energy division of Scottish and Southern Energy, has won approval from Scottish ministers to develop a 7.5-MW hydroelectric power station at Kildermorie in Ross-shire, Scotland, SSE reported.

    China Hydroelectric acquires Xiaopengzu hydropower project


    China Hydroelectric Corporation, owner, developer and operator of small hydropower projects in China, announced that it has completed the previously-announced acquisition of 100 percent of the Xiaopengzu hydro project.

    Damlapinar hydropower project in Turkey begins commercial operations


    Commercial operations have begun at the 16-MW Damlapinar hydropower plant on the Goksu River in Karaman, Turkey, wire services reported.

    EIA filed for Chile small hydro project


    Ingenieria y Construccion Madrid has submitted an environmental impact assessment for a 5.5-MW run-of- river hydro project on the Trueno River in Chile's southern region IX to national environmental authority Conama, wire services reported.

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    Nizhnyaya Bureya hydro project in Russia begins construction


    Construction has begun on Russia's Nizhnyaya Bureya hydropower plant, news services reported. The RusHydro hydropower plant will have four generating units with the total power output of 320 MW.

    Alaska small hydropower project secures funding for construction


    A proposed southeast Alaska small hydropower project has secured the funding necessary to begin construction, according to reports from local media.

    2,400-MW HidroItuango hydropower project advances in Colombia


    The 2,400-MW HidroItuango hydropower project being developed by the local development agency of Colombia's Antioquia department (IDEA) and Medellin-based multi-utility EPM is progressing on schedule, with construction expected to begin in 2013, a spokesperson for project developers told wire services.

    Gissarak hydropower plant begins operation in Uzbekistan


    Operations have begun at the Gissarak hydro plant in the Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan, according to wire reports.

    Regulators authorize test operations at Goiandira hydropower plant in Brazil


    Brazilian utility sector regulator Aneel has authorized test operations at the 27-MW Goiandira small hydropower plant, wire services reported.

    Mavel wins equipment contracts for South Korea small hydropower plants


    Mavel, a.s. has signed contracts to provide hydraulic design, turbines and related technology for five South Korea small hydro plants, Mavel announced. Mavel is providing 11 turbines that will have a combined installed capacity of about 16.3 megawatts.

    Kashkhatau hydro plant in Russia to launch at end of August 2010


    RusHydro, Russia's largest hydroelectric power producer, plans to launch the Kashkhatau hydropower plant in the Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria on Aug. 31, 2010, news agencies reported.

    Epsa set to start operations at Amaime small hydro plant in Colombia


    Colombian hydro generator Epsa plans to begin operations at its 18.8-MW Amaime small hydropower plant within a month, developers told wire services.

    Failed Lake Delhi dam in Iowa could include small hydro project once rebuilt


    Owners of the failed Lake Delhi dam in eastern Iowa said the dam will be rebuilt and might again produce hydroelectric power, according to wire reports.

    China Hydroelectric acquires small hydropower projects in Yunnan Province


    China Hydroelectric Corporation has completed the previously announced acquisition of 100 percent of the Minrui small hydroelectric projects totaling 55.5 megawatts of installed capacity in Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China.

    Greenko to acquire run-of-river small hydro asset


    Greenko, an Indian developer, owner and operator of clean energy projects, has entered into an agreement to acquire Hemavathi Power & Light Pvt Ltd, which operates a 24-MW run-of-river hydropower plant. It is expected that the acquisition of HPL will be complete in the next few weeks.

    Brazil adds two small hydropower plants, solar plant to Reidi program


    Brazil's mines and energy ministry has added two small hydropower plants and one solar power plant to the government's special infrastructure development incentives program known as Reidi, wire services reported.

    Construction of 24 small hydropower plants possible in Russia


    Twenty-four small hydropower plants could be built in Russia's Chelyabinsk Region by 2020, the press office of the regional economic development ministry reported.

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