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European Commission aims to increase ocean power development


A new European Commission action plan seeks to further development of Europe's ocean energy sector.

Italy water utility seeks bids to equip four micro-hydro projects


Italian municipal water supplier Romagna Acque-Societa delle Fonti S.p.A. seeks bids to supply turbine-generators and other equipment for four micro-hydropower projects in Italy totaling 575 kW at a total cost of 820,000 euros (US$1.1 million).

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Macedonia seeks firms to construct Konsko Dam, hydro project


The Macedonia government invites applications for pre-qualification to construct Konsko Dam, which is to include a hydroelectric project, on Macedonia's Konsko River at Gevgelija.

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Albion Ventures invests in new small hydropower scheme


Investment firm Albion Ventures LLC has agreed to supply US$5.1 million to developer Green Highland Renewables for a new 1 MW small hydropower project in the Scottish highlands.

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New study ups tidal energy potential in Scotland's Pentland Firth


Tidal energy produced in the Pentland Firth could potentially power half of Scotland, according to new research by engineers at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh.

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New wave energy, marine renewables test center for Scotland


A new Marine Renewables Test Centre that aims to support the development, design and testing of marine renewable construction materials and prototype foundations has been created at the University of Dundee.

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Macedonia seeks dam construction for 70-MW Boskov Most hydro project


Macedonia utility AD Elektrarni na Makedonija (Elem) seeks bids to construct the dam and other civil works of the 70-MW Boskov Most hydroelectric project on the Mala Reka River in western Macedonia.

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French department seeks dams rehab, fish passage construction


France's Somme Department seeks bids to rehabilitate three dams and to construct fish passage at two of them on the Somme River.

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Italian utility awards contract for small hydropower plant supply


Utility Edison S.p.A. has awarded a contract to Hydro Energia S.r.l. to supply two turbine generators and other equipment for the 2.6-MW Fontanamora hydroelectric project.

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Tidal energy company names new non-executive chairman


Tidal technology and project developer Atlantis Resources Limited has named a new non-executive chairman as it moves toward an initial share sale on the London Stock Exchange, the Singapore-based group has announced.

Litostroj Power wins contract to provide equipment for 41.5-MW Brezice hydro project


Litostroj Power d.o.o. has been awarded a contract valued at 36.5 million euros (US$50.2 million) to supply equipment for the 41.5-MW Brezice hydro project.

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Scottish micro hydro proposal receives approval without objection


A 250 kW micro hydro project at Scotland's Atholl Estates has been approved by local authorities, according to Atmos Consulting.

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Ireland utility seeks construction of 5-MW West Wave energy project


Ireland's Electricity Supply Board (ESB) invites expressions of interest to supply and install the 5-MW West Wave energy project off the west coast of Ireland.

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Ukraine seeks lenders engineer for hydro program, turbine-generator rehab at 225-MW Kyiv, 651-MW Dnipro 1


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest to serve as lenders engineer to oversee rehabilitation of major hydroelectric projects in the Ukraine.

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British Hydropower Association names new CEO


The British Hydropower Association has Simon Hamlyn as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective after current CEO David Williams retires Jan. 22, 2014.

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Scottish energy ministry approves 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage hydropower project


Plans for the 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage hydropower project have been given the go-ahead by Scottish Minister of Energy Fergus Ewing, opening the door for a plant that could eventually supply as much as 10% of the country's peak electricity demand.

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French utility seeks hydraulic oil systems for 100 hydropower plants


Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids to supply and install hydraulic oil stations and related equipment to 100 hydropower plants throughout France.

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EMEC director honored for renewable energy contributions


Scottish Renewables has awarded Neil Kermode, managing director of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), with an award for the "Outstanding Contribution" to the renewable energy industry during a recent ceremony.

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Latvia seeks turbine controls for 868-MW Plavinas hydro project


State utility Latvenergo AS seeks bids to replace turbine controls at the 868.5-MW Plavinas hydroelectric project on Latvia's Daugava River.

A hydropower engineer walks into a bar…


When the owner of a pub in the United Kingdom needed a way to provide electricity for its operations that relied on renewables rather than fossil fuel, hydroelectric power became the answer. How fun is that?!

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