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French city seeks construction, operation of Taconnaz small hydro project


The city of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc seeks bids to build and operate the Taconnaz small hydropower project on the Taconnaz River in France.

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Partnership to advance small hydropower plant development in Africa


Hydroneo Afrique and African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) are partnering to develop a pipeline of small hydropower plants across Africa.

Africa fund seeks civil, EM works for Uganda's 10-MW Achwa 3 hydro project


The Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) invites expressions of interest to carry out civil and electro-mechanical works of the 5- to 10-MW Achwa 3 hydroelectric project in Uganda.

Rwanda leases 22 small hydroelectric plants to private consortium


On Aug. 27, Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure government announced it has leased 22 small hydropower projects located in the northern and western provinces to private investors to spur the country’s hydroelectric energy program. According to energy experts at the ministry, the plants would add about 24.6 MW of hydroelectric energy to the national grid. 

Proposed changes to U.K.'s FiT program met with backlash from small hydro sector


Changes to the United Kingdom's Feed-In Tariff program could have a negative impact on a number of generation sectors -- including small hydroelectric power -- according to a number of industry groups.

FERC OKs rename of Alaska hydro project for tribal community


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a licensee request to change the name of the 5-MW Reynolds Creek hydropower project to the Hiilangaay project, reflecting the wishes of the local tribal community in Alaska.

Ireland-Wales micro-hydroelectric research study funded with US$1.5 million


Although current in-water system hydropower technology cannot yet offer all the benefits from utilizing existing municipal water systems, Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have highlighted the potential for further cost savings from micro-hydroelectric power that could also reduce greenhouse gases. 

Phase 2 begins for Kenyan US$580,000 320-kW Ndurumo micro-hydroelectric project


Phase 2 of the Ndurumo hydroelectric project on the Kathita River in Meru County, Kenya is set to begin in September with the construction of a penstock for a 320 kW micro-hydroelectric facility. Estimated total cost for the entire project is US$580,000.  

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Scotland begins operating 1-MW Merk small hydro project


The 1-MW Merk small hydro plant began operating on the River Fyne, Argyll, Scotland, and a ribbon cutting was held Aug. 24.

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India commissions hydro turbine in sewerage plant’s effluent pipe


A hydropower plant has been commissioned at Chilla in East Delhi, India, which consists of a turbine propelled by effluent from a sewerage treatment plant.

Eagle Creek expands small hydro portfolio with construction, acquisition


Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC has broken ground on a pair of small hydropower projects Vermont and acquired another in New Hampshire, the New Jersey-based company has announced.

Alaskan 455-kW Gartina Falls small hydroelectric project to reduce diesel dependence


According to Alaska’s Energy Authority, Inside Passage Electric Cooperative Inc. (IPEC) is constructing a US$8.2 million run-of-river 455-kW Gartina Falls small hydroelectric project in Hoonah, Alaska that could reduce fossil fuel usage. 

FERC denies permit extension; Collinsville license transfer request pending


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a request by Canton, Conn., to extend the city's second preliminary permit for two Connecticut hydro sites.

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Kenya tea agency breaks ground on Lower Nyamindi small hydro project


The Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. broke ground Aug. 18 on its 1.8-MW Lower Nyamindi small hydro project.

Bolivia utility seeks design, bidding documents for 5-MW Huacata hydro project


Bolivia utility Empresa Electrica Valle Hermoso (EVH) seeks bids to perform final design and to draft bidding documents for construction of the 5-MW Huacata hydroelectric project in Bolivia's Tarija Department.

England's Chatsworth Estate adding small hydropower project


Hydroelectric power is coming to England's historic Chatsworth Estate, following approval by the Peak District National Park Authority earlier this month.

Nigeria inaugurates 400-kW Tunga small hydroelectric project


Power to Sardauna, Taraba, Nigeria has increased with the Aug. 14 commissioning of the 400-kW Tunga hydroelectric project on the Donga River.  

U.S. Army extends call for micro-hydropower project at West Point


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for applications for qualification to build a micro-hydropower project at the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point.

Union Group arranges US$59 million in financing for two Peruvian hydropower projects


Peru's 19-MW 8 de Agosto and 8.4-MW El Carmen hydropower projects have received a US$59 million financing package arranged by energy investor Union Group.

Kelly Kozdras: Graduating Researcher of the Hydro Research Foundation


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