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Liberia seeks small hydro, mini-grid feasibility studies


The government of Liberia invites expressions of interest for a feasibility study of two small hydropower projects and design of mini-grids to provide electricity to areas of Lofa County, Liberia. 

City asks FERC to reinstate, transfer licenses for Connecticut hydro projects


Under terms of an act of Congress, the town of Canton, Conn., has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reinstate the licenses of two Connecticut hydroelectric projects and to transfer the licenses to the city.

Nepal seeks rehab construction of 640-kW Sundarijal hydro project


Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) seeks bids for construction and equipment rehabilitation of the 640-kW Sundarijal hydroelectric project in Nepal.

Alaska's 174-kW Packer Creek hydroelectric plant comes on line


Alaska borough Chignik Lagoon is hoping to see decreased energy costs following the recent completion of the 174-kW Packer Creek hydroelectric plant.

Staff updates FERC on work to implement Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act


In a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC staff has outlined actions to advance hydropower development under provisions of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act.

Slovenia utility extends call to refurbish 200-kW Goricane hydro project


Slovenia hydropower utility Savske Elektrarne Ljubljana d.o.o. has extended the deadline for bids for construction to refurbish the 200-kW Goricane hydropower project in Slovenia.

FERC: Small conduit hydro project may utilize head from unrelated dam


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has declared a qualifying small conduit hydropower project may be excluded from FERC jurisdiction if it utilizes the hydropower potential of a dam as long as the dam is not integral to the small conduit project.

Small hydro development act awaits enactment in Hawaii


Hawaiian legislators have passed a bill that could allow for the development of micro hydroelectric projects on the state's agricultural land should Gov. David Ige sign off on the new law.

Samoa extends call for reconstruction of three mini-hydro projects


Samoa Electric Power Corp. (EPC) has extended the deadline for bids to reconstruct three mini-hydropower projects totaling 4.69 MW.

Slovenia utility seeks EM equipment to refurbish 200-kW Goricane hydro project


Slovenia hydropower utility Savske Elektrarne Ljubljana d.o.o. seeks bids to supply electro-mechanical equipment for refurbishment of the 200-kW Goricane hydropower project in Slovenia.

IIC approves financing for Peru's 17.4-MW Yaracaya hydroelectric plant


The Inter-American Investment Corporation has approved a loan of up to US$12 million to Peruvian company Huaura Power Group S.A. to fund the construction and operation of the 17.4-MW C.H. Yarucaya hydropower plant.

RWE Innogy opens Scotland's 3.5-MW Black Rock small hydro plant


European small hydropower developer RWE Innogy UK has officially opened the 3.5-MW Black Rock project in Scotland.

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Vietnam utilities again seek bids to equip 7.5-MW Dak Pring, 2.8-MW So Vin hydro projects


Two Vietnam hydropower developers have reissued calls for bids to supply turbine-generators and other equipment for the 7.5-MW Dak Pring and 2.8-MW So Vin hydroelectric projects in Vietnam.

Iran to build dozens of small hydro plants in Indonesia through 2020


The Iranian government has finalized a deal to develop 48 small hydropower plants in Indonesia within the next five years.

Vandals damage 3.3-MW Sanford small hydroelectric project on Tittabawassee River


Power generation ceased as divers removed debris thrown into waters immediately astern of penstocks at the 3.3-MW Sanford hydroelectric project (Sanford) earlier this week. Around 2:50 a.m. on May 18, vandals caused damage at the facility located operated by Boyce Hydro Power, LLC, located on the Tittabawassee River in Midland County, Mich. 

Gravity Renewables acquires Vermont's Nantanna Mill small hydropower plant


Small hydro developer Gravity Renewables has completed the acquisition of the 222-kW Dog River hydropower project, giving the Colorado-based company its second plant in Vermont.

Canton, Conn., seeks developer for 950-kW Upper Collinsville Dam hydro project


The town of Canton seeks proposals to redevelop the 700- to 950-kW Upper Collinsville Dam hydro project on the Farmington River at Collinsville, Conn.

India shelves 3,097-MW Etalin hydroelectric project and restarts five small-hydro schemes


India’s Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has shelved the run-of-river 3,097-MW Etalin hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh, but in the northeastern most Indian state, five small-hydro projects are again active.  

House committee hears testimony related to small hydropower draft discussion bill


Testifying earlier today before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee, Maine Gov. Paul LePage pressed the government to advance a proposal that would further streamline the federal permitting process for qualifying hydropower projects of 5 MW or less.

Lucerne utility selects Andritz for Arni small hydropower plant upgrade


Andritz Hydro AG has won a US$1 million contract to replace the turbine-generator unit of the 2.5-MW Arni hydropower plant in Switzerland.

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