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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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Jordan seeks pipeline, small hydro plant at Khaw Reservoir


The Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) invites applications for pre-qualification to design and build a water pipeline, pumping facilities and a small hydropower project at Khaw Reservoir in Jordan.

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Scotland moves forward on a 10-MW small hydroelectric project in Den of Arlie


Development in Den of Airlie will move forward now that the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SPEA) is satisfied with the results of a four-year-long environmental impact study submitted by Airlie Castle property owners. Formerly a nature reserve, but now an area of special scientific interest, the area’s study indicates a small hydroelectric project would have needed economic benefits to the community and have no major adverse negative impacts to the environment. 

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Colorado receives $1.8 million to advance agricultural hydropower project development


A $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture should help the Colorado Department of Agriculture support development of agricultural hydropower projects in the state, according to a press release from the Colorado Small Hydro Association.

U.S. seeks firms for salmon study in area of 2.79-MW Warm Springs, Coyote Valley dams


A U.S. fisheries agency seeks information on firms able to monitor salmon in California's Russian River in the areas of the 2.79-MW Warm Springs and Coyote Valley dams.

FERC assessments back licensing 6-MW Calligan Creek, 2.2-MW Pepperell hydro projects


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued environmental assessments endorsing the licensing of the 6-MW Calligan Creek hydroelectric project in Washington and the 2.207-MW Pepperell hydro project in Massachusetts.

Dutch pension fund acquires Norwegian hydropower operator


European asset manager Aquila Capital has completed its acquisition of Norwegian hydroelectric project operator Norsk Gronnkraft AS on behalf of the Dutch General Pension Fund for Public Employees (ABP) and German insurance companies.

Slovakia water agency seeks refurbishment of 10 small hydro projects


Slovakia's water management agency seeks bids to reconstruct and modernize 10 small hydropower projects.

Bosnia seeks engineer to supervise construction of 20-MW Vranduk hydropower project


Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina invites expressions of interest from consulting engineers to review documentation and supervise construction of the 20-MW Vranduk hydroelectric project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Cube Hydro buys New York hydroelectric plants from Burrows Paper


Cube Hydro New York LLC has acquired two small hydroelectric plants in New York from Burrows Paper Corp.

German state seeks turbine-generators for 2.7-MW Muldestausee hydro project


The reservoir and hydropower operator of Germany's Saxony-Anhalt State seeks bids to supply two turbine-generators for the proposed 2.7-MW Muldestausee hydropower project on the Mulde River in Germany.

Production begins at Peru's 5.3-MW Canchayllo small hydro plant


British power developer Rurelec has begun production at the 5.3-MW Canchayllo hydropower project, which is located on the Pachacayo River in Peru's Junin province.

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Infinis sells small hydro plant portfolio to Dwy Cymru Welsh Water, H2O Power Limited


Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is acquiring small hydro plants from Infinis Energy and H2O Power Limited Partnership will acquire the remaining hydropower sites, in deals valued at a total of £20.5 million (US$31.9 million).

Kyrgyzstan extends call for development of two small hydro projects


The government of Kyrgyzstan has extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to design, build and operate two small hydro projects in the Central Asian nation.

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The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from November-December 2014

Harnessing the Hydropower Potential of an Irrigation Network in Japan


The addition of hydropower generating capacity to an irrigation network in northern Japan is one step closer to completion. Several sites have been identified for the installation of VLH turbines, with a total capacity of 1.433 MW.

Gravity Renewables appoints new VP

Dollard appointed VP at small hydro developer Gravity Renewables


Jonathan Dollard, P.E., is now vice president of engineering with Gravity Renewables, a developer of small hydro projects. 

Method for Assessing and Selecting New Small Hydro Technology


With significant development potential available at small run-of-river sites and non-powered dams in the U.S., the authors propose a software program to help interested parties choose the best type of technology to install at these sites.

FERC relicenses expanded Vermont project, receives filing for eight-dam New York project


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensed in October an expanded three-dam hydro project in Vermont and accepted a license application for a project to be built at eight dams on the New York canal system.

Italian utility awards lots to outfit four micro hydro projects


Municipal water supplier Romagna Acque-Societa delle Fonti S.p.A. has awarded contracts for the supply of turbine-generators and other equipment at four micro-hydroelectric power projects in Italy.

Adding Power to a Non-Powered Dam: Mahoning Creek


More than 70 years in the making but less than a year in the execution, the 6-MW Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Project, developed at an existing dam, is now providing clean, reliable power to residents in western Pennsylvania.

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