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Kyrgyzstan extends call for development of two small hydro projects

12/22/2014

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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12/19/2014

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

Harnessing the Hydropower Potential of an Irrigation Network in Japan

12/19/2014

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.

Dollard appointed VP at small hydro developer Gravity Renewables

12/12/2014

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

12/05/2014

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

11/25/2014

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

11/24/2014

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

11/19/2014

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.

Serbia seeks inventory of small hydropower projects, sites

11/18/2014

The government of Serbia invites applications for pre-qualification to perform an inventory of small hydropower projects and sites as the Balkan nation seeks to construct 180 MW in new small hydro projects by 2020.

Halifax Water generates power from a 32-kW in-pipe small hydroelectric system

11/17/2014

Halifax Regional Municipality of Nova Scotia, Canada, is the first Canadian city to use an in-pipe hydroelectric generation system within a pressurized water distribution pipeline, according to Halifax Water. On Nov. 13, a 32-kW generating system within a drinking water distribution control chamber for Halifax Water began providing power. 

KGAL wins contract for Malaysian small hydro project studies

11/17/2014

British engineering consulting group Kenneth Grubb Associates Ltd. (KGAL) was awarded a contract worth more US$28.15 million to manage the feasibility and development of multiple small hydroelectric plants in Malaysia's Sabah state.

PSEB commissions 10-MW Ghavni Stage 2 hydropower plant in India's Himachal Pradesh

11/14/2014

India's 10-MW Ghavni Stage 2 hydropower plant is now in operation, following a dedication ceremony featuring Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh earlier today.

Completion of 14.8-MW Lunzua, Zambia, small hydro rehabilitation part of US$650 million project

11/13/2014

In Lunzua, Northern Province, Zambia, operation of the US$51 million 14.8-MW Lunzua small hydro project will end part one of a three-phase, US$650 million construction and rehabilitation program to provide electricity to the province’s increasing population. 

Austria utility seeks construction of 16.3-MW Graz hydropower project

11/13/2014

Austria regional utility Energie Steiermark seeks bids to construct the 16.3-MW Graz hydropower project on Austria's Mur River.

Gravity Renewables to supply hydroelectric power to New York under remote net metering agreement

11/12/2014

Gravity Renewables will provide 10 million kWh per year in small hydroelectric power through a partnership with the Municipal Gas and Electric Alliance (MEGA), the Colorado-based energy developer and operator announced earlier this month.

Small hydro project begins operating in Scotland

11/12/2014

The 450-kW Callander Community Hydro Ltd. project is now operating near the town of Callander in Scotland. 

New small hydro facility operating in New York

11/06/2014

The 625-kW Mill Street small hydro facility is back online after significant site upgrades were completed, restoring a facility that had been inactive for 10 years.

South African developer begins construction on Stortemelk small hydropower plant

11/05/2014

Hydroelectric power developer NuPlanet Project Development Pty. Ltd. has reached financial close and begun construction of the 4.5-MW Stortemelk plant on the Ash River near Clarens, South Africa.

FERC licenses three small hydropower projects totaling 4.69 MW

11/04/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed three small hydropower projects in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania totaling 4.69 MW in September.

Massachusetts eyes net electricity metering by small hydropower projects

10/31/2014

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued notice of a technical conference to study proposed net electricity metering by small hydroelectric projects.

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