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    California utility seeks design, engineering for 2.7-MW New Slab Creek hydro plant


    Sacramento Municipal Utility District seeks bids to provide owner's engineering services for development of the 2.7-MW New Slab Creek powerhouse in California.

    U.S. extends bidding for operation and maintenance of 14-MW Philpott hydro project


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids from small businesses to provide operation and maintenance of the Corps' 14-MW Philpott hydroelectric project in Virginia.

    DOE announces new opportunities for hydroelectric power technology developers


    The U.S. Department of Energy has made a pair of announcements designed to promote the development of hydroelectric power and other renewable energy technologies in support of the Obama administration's "all-of-the-above" plan.

    Apple acquires 45-Mile small hydropower project


    Electronics giant Apple has acquired a small hydroelectric plant near the company's data center in Prineville, Ore.

    French utility awards contracts for small hydro project construction


    French utility Synergie Maurienne has awarded three contracts for the construction of the 3.2-MW Encombres a Saint la Porte small hydropower plant in the Savoy region.

    University hopes to use satellites to aid micro hydro development


    Researchers from the University of Leicester and High Efficiency Heating UK Ltd. are hoping to use satellite data as a means of simplifying the process of locating sites for micro hydro projects.

    EIB increases loan for 20-MW Vranduk hydroelectric plant


    The European Investment Bank has approved a US$52 million loan to Bosnian utility Elektroprivreda BiH (EPBiH) for the construction of the 20-MW Vranduk hydropower project.

    Financiers agree to Indonesian small hydropower investment strategy


    Financial groups Mandiri Investment Management and Armstrong Asset Management have entered into a co-investment strategy that will emphasize small hydroelectric power development in Indonesia.

    Two new small hydropower projects commissioned in Azerbaijan


    A pair of small hydropower projects have been commissioned within the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

    Pre-feasibility studies sought for small hydro projects in Liberia


    A Norwegian lender invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform pre-feasibility studies of selected mini-hydropower projects in Liberia.

    FERC receives seven hydro license applications from Free Flow Power totaling 70 MW


    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received seven hydro license applications during February from Free Flow Power Corp. for projects totaling 70 MW at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams.

    Developer begins construction of 1-MW Allt Gharagain small hydro project


    Scottish energy developer Green Highland Renewables has begun construction of a 1 MW small hydroelectric project near Anchansheen.

    Jamaica commissions Maggotty small hydropower addition


    Jamaica Public Service Co. (JPS) officially commissioned its new 7.2-MW Maggotty small hydropower project during a ceremony in St. Elizabeth parish yesterday.

    DOE announces notices of intent for MHK, conventional hydroelectric power technology


    The U.S. Department of Energy has issued three notices of intent to fund research for both marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) and conventional hydropower technologies.

    Connecticut town seeks developer for 2.376-MW Upper, Lower Collinsville dams hydro project


    The town of Canton seeks proposals from developers to redevelop two previously licensed hydro plants, Upper Collinsville and Lower Collinsville dams on the Farmington River at Collinsville, Conn.

    Colorado Senate approves bipartisan small hydropower bill


    A bipartisan bill that could aid the development of small hydropower in Colorado has been approved by the state's Senate.

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    FERC licenses Nevada project, receives conduit applications for two California projects


    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a license for the 750-kW Humboldt River hydropower project in Nevada and received applications for conduit exemptions for two California projects in January.

    Interior provides funding for Montana's Yellowtail Afterbay hydropower project


    A US$655,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior will help the Crow Tribe complete work on an 8 MW hydropower project at the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam.

    Vietnam utility seeks bids to equip 7.5-MW Nam Pay hydro project


    Vietnam's Northern Power Corp. seeks bids to supply turbine-generators and other equipment for the 7.5-MW Nam Pay hydroelectric project in Vietnam.

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