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Staff updates FERC on work to implement Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

06/26/2015

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

06/24/2015

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

06/19/2015

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

06/17/2015

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

06/16/2015

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

06/08/2015

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

06/03/2015

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

06/02/2015

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

06/01/2015

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

05/27/2015

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

05/26/2015

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

05/18/2015

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

05/15/2015

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

05/14/2015

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

05/13/2015

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

05/12/2015

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.

Voith inaugurates small hydro center in Austria

05/12/2015

Global manufacturing conglomerate Voith has inaugurated a new Hydropower Technology Center, marking what the company calls "another milestone for small hydropower."

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Contract awarded to modernize 10 small hydropower projects in Slovakia

05/11/2015

Slovensky Vodohospodarsky Podnik, Slovakia’s water management agency, has awarded a €9.9 million (US$11 million) contract to Palestra a.s. of Slovakia to reconstruct and modernize 10 small hydropower projects in the country.

Samoa seeks reconstruction of three mini-hydro projects

05/11/2015

Samoa Electric Power Corp. (EPC) seeks bids to reconstruct three mini-hydropower projects totaling 4.69 MW.

Swiss seek equipment for three small hydro plants at 5-MW Fully hydro project

05/08/2015

Swiss hydropower operator Alpiq Suisse SA seeks bids to supply electro-mechanical and other equipment for three small hydro plants at the 5-MW Fully hydroelectric project at Fully, Switzerland.

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