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Swiss seek turbine-generator replacements at 27-MW Bramois hydro project


Contractor Hydro Exploitation SA seeks bids to replace turbine-generators of the 27-MW Bramois hydroelectric project on the Rhone River in Switzerland.

Lombardy Italy

BKW AG purchases five Italian small hydropower projects


Swiss utility BKW AG has purchased five small hydropower projects from Italian energy supplier A2A, further strengthening its commitment to hydroelectricity, BKW said.


EREC adds ocean energy group


The European Ocean Energy Association has been accepted as a member of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the group announced.

San Pedro Hydroelectric Plant

Iberdrola plans expansion of 32-MW San Pedro hydroelectric plant


Spanish utility Iberdrola has begun construction of a US$66.7 million extension project that will add 25 MW of installed capacity to the San Pedro hydroelectric plant.

Burfell Hydropower Plant

Landsvirkjun awards contract for transformer work at 270-MW Burfell hydropower plant


Efacec Energia of Portugal has been awarded a contract worth US$19 million to supply generator step-up transformers for the 270-MW Burfell hydroelectric project on the Thjorsa River in southern Iceland.

Harlaw Reservoir

Scottish group meets funding goals for new small hydro plant


Scottish renewable energy developer Harlaw Hydro Ltd. has met its goal of raising about US$477,000 for a new 65 kW hydropower project via the sale of public shares.

Sweden town seeks small hydropower unit for Taipale hydro project


The municipality of Overtornea seeks bids to supply a small hydropower unit to the Taipale hydro project in Sweden.


Wave energy company Tocardo signs deal with global law firm


Hydrokinetic turbine manufacturer Tocardo has entered into a strategic business partnership with international law firm Clifford Chance, giving Tocardo access to specialist legal and administrative support for tidal energy projects worldwide.

IHA's Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol Builds Momentum


By Cameron Ironside
More than two years on from completion of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, eight assessments have been undertaken on several continents and several assessors have been accredited, with more in the pipeline.

Cross-Border Hydro Planning


Huge floods that have swept through Central Europe have pushed hydropower development and its role in managing water flows to the top of the political agenda.

How EDF Centralized its Plant Monitoring and Control Centers


By Jerome Boudon, Laurent Bacon and Cedric Bellec
Electricite de France is using five centralized monitoring and control centers to provide remote control of more than 300 of its 450 hydroelectric plants

Opus Energy

U.K.'s Opus Energy enters hydroelectric power market


European utility Opus Energy is expanding its generating fleet to include the company's first hydroelectric power projects, saying "businesses diversifying into renewables makes sound economic sense."

Minesto Deep Green

Wave energy developer Minesto creates new simulation software


Wave energy technology group Minesto has developed a new simulator to aid the development of its "Deep Green" marine power plant, the Swedish company has announced.

Dong Energy

Dong Energy sells shares of Swedish hydro project operator


Danish utility Dong Energy has agreed to sell its shares in hydroelectric plant operator Kraftgaarden AB to three Finnish power companies.

French utility seeks bids to refurbish penstock at 445-MW Pouget hydro project


Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids to refurbish and repair a penstock at the 445-MW Pouget hydroelectric project on the Tarn River in France's Aveyron Department.

EDF reissues call for civil construction for new powerhouse at 187-MW Kembs


Electricite de France (EDF) has reissued a solicitation for civil works construction for a new powerhouse of the 187-MW Kembs hydroelectric project on the Rhine River in France's Alsace Province.

Dam safety work sought for Swiss-French 49-MW Chancy-Pougny hydro project


Hydro operator Societe de Forces Motrices de Chancy-Pougny SA (SFMCP) seeks bids for seismic reinforcement dam safety work at the 49-MW Chancy-Pougny hydroelectric project on the Rhone River on the border of Switzerland and France.

Enel Green, 40South Energy prepare to deploy ocean power unit off Italian coast


Renewable energy company Enel Green Power and hydrokinetic developer 40South Energy have begun installing a 100 kW wave energy unit in the sea near Punta Righini.

Bosnia seeks design to refurbish, expand 9.4-MW Una Kostela hydro project


Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform preliminary design to refurbish the 9.4-MW Una Kostela hydro project and to construct the 6.4-MW Una Kostela Annex in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Alstom, RusHydro extend joint venture for Kubansky hydropower project modernizations


Energy developer RusHydro and manufacturer Alstom have signed two agreements extending their joint venture, AlstomRusHydroEnergy LLC, for the reconstruction and upgrade of the Kubansky cascade hydroelectric project in southern Russia.

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