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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.

RusHydro to develop hydropower potential of Altay Republic


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Epsa unveils Amaime small hydropower plant


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

New run-of-river hydropower projects for Panama


The province of Chiriqui, in the west of Panama, is to welcome two run-of-river hydroelectric power stations - Pando and Monte Lirio - with a combined capacity of 85 MW and an annual generating output of 430 GWh, according to Mexican news agency Notimex.

Test operations authorized for Brazil small hydropower projects


Brazilian utility sector regulator Aneel has authorized test operations at the 10-MW Caju small hydropower project, according to regulatory filings.

Swiss operator awards contract to expand small hydropower project


Hydropower operator Hydro Exploitation SA has awarded EMCH & Berger SA a US$2.75 million contract to oversee construction of a new water supply conduit at the 14.4-MW Farettes hydropower project in Switzerland's Vaud Canton.

Yunnan to build 136 small hydropower plants over next five years


China's Yunnan Province plans to invest RMB 8 billion (about US$121 million) over the next five years to construct 136 small-scale hydro plants, the Yunnan branch of the National Development and Reform Commission (Yunnan NDRC) reported.

EDP buys two small hydro projects in Brazil's Mato Grosso state


EDP Energias do Brasil, the Brazilian holding company of Portuguese electricity group Energias de Portugal, has announced the acquisition of two small hydro projects in the mid-western state of Mato Grosso from local group Bertin.

Piedmont Hydro Technologies commissions energy recovery system for Ohio water pollution control facility


Piedmont Hydro Technologies LLC, a North-Carolina based manufacturer of control systems for small hydropower applications, announced it has commissioned equipment for a 10-kW wastewater energy recovery system at the Warren, Ohio, water pollution control facility.

Brazil adds hydro plant, thermal plant to Reidi program


Brazil's mines and energy ministry has added a small hydro project and a thermal plant to the government's special infrastructure development incentives program, Reidi, wire services reported.

Brazil inaugurates six small hydro plants


One of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's last duties as Brazil's president was to inaugurate six small hydropower stations in the central state of Goias as part of a strategy to boost the development of the country's interior, according to a report by news agency EFE.

Emae starts construction at Pirapora hydro project in Brazil


Brazil's Sao Paulo state water and power company Emae has started the construction of its 25-MW Pirapora hydroelectric power project, a spokesperson for the firm told wire services.

China Hydroelectric to acquire 55.4 MW of hydropower projects in China


China Hydroelectric Corporation, an owner, developer and operator of small hydroelectric power projects in China, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling interest in a total of 55.4 MW of operating installed capacity in the Fujian province of China.

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