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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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FERC draft EIS rejects 10-MW Bear River Narrows hydro project


A draft environmental impact statement by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has rejected a license to construct the 10-MW Bear River Narrows hydroelectric project on the Bear River in Idaho.

U.S. sets industry day on dam safety modifications to 3.65-MW Stampede Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an industry day to discuss with potential bidders a plan for dam safety modifications to the 3.65-MW Stampede Dam hydroelectric project on California's Little Truckee River.

Reunion Island seeks to link irrigation systems, add hydropower


The government of Reunion Island, a French overseas department off the east coast of Africa, seeks bids for engineering services to manage interconnection of two irrigation networks and to add hydroelectric turbines to the system. 

Snohomish County PUD issues bonds for pair of new hydropower projects


The Snohomish County Public Utility District has issues about $40 million in tax-exempt bonds that will help pay for the design and construction of two new hydroelectric plants.

FERC exempts New Hampshire hydro project; Minnesota project seeks to expand


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exempted a 600-kW New Hampshire hydro project from licensing and received an amendment application to boost a Minnesota project by 600 kW in August.

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The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from September-October 2015

Samoa again extends call for construction of three mini-hydro projects


Samoa Electric Power Corp. (EPC) again extended the deadline for bids for design and construction of three mini-hydropower projects totaling 810 kW on Upolu and Savai'i islands in Samoa.

Voith installs StreamDiver turbine at Sweden's Bruksfors hydropower plant


Swedish utility Skelleftea Kraft AB has completed its rehabilitation of the small Bruksfors hydroelectric plant near Robertsfors, including the addition of a 250 kW generating unit manufactured by Voith.

FERC refuses to renew permits for seven Hydro Green projects totaling 140.5 MW


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a request by subsidiaries of Hydro Green Energy LLC to issue successive preliminary permits for seven proposed hydroelectric projects in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama totaling 140.5 MW.

Potsdam hydroelectric project has rehabilitation and new construction goals


According to the Federal Register, potential power is presently unutilized at the 800-kW East powerhouse and proposed 700-kW West powerhouse for the Potsdam hydroelectric project on the Raquette River in Lancaster County, New York. The proposed West powerhouse received a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exemption from licensing in 1981.  

Peru opens renewable energy auction including small hydropower


Peru's supervising agency for investment in energy and mining has opened an auction for electricity produced from renewable energy sources including small hydropower.

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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