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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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U.S. Army seeks micro-hydropower project at West Point


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

Hydro Ottawa acquires 10 run-of-river hydro projects from Fortis


The acquisition of 10 hydroelectric projects by Hydro Ottawa from Fortis, Inc., adds about 31 MW of cumulative capacity to the Canadian utility's fleet.

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The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from July-August 2015

Southeast Asia Goes Small


Southeast Asia is home to some large hydropower projects currently under development, but it is also making progress on small hydro.

Dewey Lakes, River Mill and Prairie du Sac join Hydro Hall of Fame


Representatives for three facilities inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame received their awards during HydroVision International 2015, held July 14-17 in Portland, Ore. 

Union Group acquires Peru's 5.3-MW Canchayllo small hydropower plant


The Union Group has acquired the 5.3-MW Canchayllo hydropower project in Peru as part of an acquisition that includes developer Empresa de Generacion Electrica Canchayllo S.A.C.

FERC license received for 5.25-MW Braddock Locks and Dam hydro project


Hydro Green Energy LLC announced it received its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for the 5.25-MW Braddock Locks and Dam hydroelectric project in Allegheny County, Pa.

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Hawaii likely to pass bill to expand agricultural hydropower


News sources are reporting that Hawaii Gov. David Ige is expected to sign a bill into law today that allows the development of hydroelectric facilities with a capacity up to 500 kW on agricultural land if these projects are combined with agricultural activities.

Liberia seeks small hydro, mini-grid feasibility studies


The government of Liberia invites expressions of interest for a feasibility study of two small hydropower projects and design of mini-grids to provide electricity to areas of Lofa County, Liberia. 

City asks FERC to reinstate, transfer licenses for Connecticut hydro projects


Under terms of an act of Congress, the town of Canton, Conn., has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reinstate the licenses of two Connecticut hydroelectric projects and to transfer the licenses to the city.

Nepal seeks rehab construction of 640-kW Sundarijal hydro project


Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) seeks bids for construction and equipment rehabilitation of the 640-kW Sundarijal hydroelectric project in Nepal.

Alaska's 174-kW Packer Creek hydroelectric plant comes on line


Alaska borough Chignik Lagoon is hoping to see decreased energy costs following the recent completion of the 174-kW Packer Creek hydroelectric plant.

Staff updates FERC on work to implement Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


European small hydropower developer RWE Innogy UK has officially opened the 3.5-MW Black Rock project in Scotland.

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