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Kinlochleven small hydropower scheme approved in Scotland


A new small hydroelectric project has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government, the government reported.

JHP to equip Lewiston small hydropower plant in California


JHP & Associates Inc. has been awarded a contract by Trinity Public Utilities District to design and supply a complete water to wire system for their Lewiston hydro plant upgrade, the firm announced.

Angola: 150 small hydropower projects planned


The government of Angola is planning to construct as many as 150 small hydropower projects, government sources reported.

UK plan for microgeneration, including small hydro, released


The UK has released an action plan to promote microgeneration and decentralized energy in the country, including measures that allow greater flexibility for the development of small hydropower.

Meridian gains consent for Pukaki hydropower project in New Zealand


Meridian Energy will proceed with developing its Pukaki small hydro project following a decision by authorities to issue resource consents for the hydropower project.

Renewables fund taps IDB for Chile small hydro project financing


Renovarum - a Chilean project created to invest in small hydropower plants - has applied for US$4.3 million in financing from the Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral Investment Fund, wire services reported.

RusHydro plans 15 small hydro projects in Northern Ossetia


Russian hydropower producer RusHydro plans to construct as many as 15 small hydropower projects in the republic of Northern Ossetia, wire services reported.

Salto Andersen small hydropower project comes online in Argentina


Argentina's 9.4-MW Salto Andersen hydropower project in Rio Negro province has started supplying power to the national grid, wire services reported.

RWE Innogy, Serbia utility set up joint venture to develop hydropower plants in Serbia


Germany-based RWE Innogy and Serbian energy utility Elektroprivreda Srbije have formed a joint venture for the development of hydropower plants in Belgrade, RWE reported.

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


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


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


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


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

Small hydro projects advance in Colombia


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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