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International Renewable Energy Agency invites loan applications


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) invites applications for concessional loans to facilitate renewable energy projects, including hydropower and ocean energy, in developing countries.

Belarus seeking Indian financing for trio of hydroelectric projects


A recent diplomatic mission could see Indian hydropower investments in Belarus, according to the state-run Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BeITA).

Hydropower development continues in north India with 300-MW Lakhwad project


The Indian government has approved the construction of the 300-MW Lakhwad hydroelectric plant in the northern state of Uttarakhand, has learned.

Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls gets official approval


Canada’s controversial 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project received an official go-ahead from Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale yesterday.

Brazil's 361-MW Maua hydroelectric plant now online


Brazil's 361-MW Maua hydropower project is now in operation, has learned.

Nigeria working with two Chinese companies to build 700-MW plant on Northern Zungeru River


Nigeria has signed an agreement with Sinohydro-CNEEC Corporation, composed of Sinohydro Corporation and China National Electrical Equipment Corporation, to build the 700-MW Zungeru hydroelectric plant on the Northern Zingeru River.

Canadian developer still eyeing hydro as power source for Nunavut capital


A proposal from the Qulliq Energy Corporation could provide hydroelectric power to the capital of Canada's northernmost territory, should it be approved by the Iqaluit City Council.

ANEEL gives approval to two Brazilian hydropower projects


Brazil's energy regulator has approved a pair of Eletrobras-owned hydroelectric plants, has learned.

AfDB signs loan agreement to finance "electricity highway" for hydropower


The African Development Bank signed a loan agreement December 6 with the government of Kenya to finance a multinational electricity highway between Ethiopia and Kenya that will transfer power from hydroelectric facilities.

Zambian president calls for increase in hydroelectric investment


Zambian President Michael Sata has directed state-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Ltd. (ZESCO) to increase its hydropower development.

Holdouts forcing Brazil to alter rate cut scheme


Brazil's new set of controversial sweeping energy tax sector reforms will slash residential and industrial power rates by 16.7%, beginning February 2013, has learned.

Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project gets federal loan guarantee


Canada's controversial 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project moved one step closer toward becoming a reality last week as Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a federal loan guarantee.

Hall of Fame: Facility Begins Legacy of Public Power in Tacoma


The 24-MW LaGrande hydroelectric project has been a reliable source of power generation for owner Tacoma Power for the past century. This facility, on the Nisqually River in Washington State, is the most recent inductee into Hydro Review's Hydro Hall of Fame.

Duke CEO Jim Rogers announces retirement


Duke Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Rogers has announced he will retire from the company by the end of 2013.

850-MW Rattle hydroelectric proposal receives environmental go-ahead


India's proposed 850-MW Rattle hydropower project has been awarded environmental approval by the Apex Committee of the Union Ministry of Environment in Dehli, has learned.

Rebels seize Syria's 630-MW Tishrin hydropower project


A Syrian rebel group has seized the 630-MW Tishrin hydropower plant, sources report.

Court denies permit for Brazil's 6,100-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydroelectric plant


A Brazilian federal court has blocked an environmental license for the country's 6,100-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydropower project.

Eletrobras stock recovering after reaching near historic lows


Share prices for Centrais Electricas Brasileiras -- better known as Eletrobras -- have rebounded slightly after plunging to a 20-year low last week, has learned.

Romanian groups receive IHA Hydropower Sustainability Protocol training


A number of members of the Romanian hydroelectric industry have completed an introduction to the International Hydropower Association's Hydropower Sustainability Protocol.

Voters shut down 1.05-MW Castle Creek hydropower scheme


Colorado voters nixed Aspen's long-delayed 1.05-MW Castle Creek hydropower project, with those opposing the plan holding about a 51.4% advantage over those in favor.

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