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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.

400-MW Lower Sesan 2 hydroelectric plant gets Cambodian approval


Cambodia's 400-MW Lower Sesan 2 hydropower project has been given the go-ahead from the country's government, has learned.

Corps' aging hydroelectric infrastructure underfunded, new report says


A report from the National Research Council's Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources, Engineering and Planning concludes that the federal government is underfunding hydropower projects.

SSE Renewables gains local support for 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage plant


The controversial 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage scheme scored a victory earlier this week by gaining support from the Scottish Highland Council, has learned.

Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls jumps in expected cost


Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project will come with a larger price tag, Premier Kathy Dunderdale told a group in St. John's earlier this week.

Corps releases final impact study for California's Isabella Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its final environmental impact statement for the Isabella Dam on California's Kern River.

Sales from 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa expected to increase through 2013


Sales from Mozambique's 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydroelectric plant are expected to increase by 4.4% in the next year, according to figures provided in the country's Economic and Social Plan for 2013.

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