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Savske Elektrarne Ljubljana

Slovenia utility seeks refurbishment of 200-kW Goricane hydro project


Slovenia hydropower utility Savske Elektrarne Ljubljana d.o.o. seeks bids for construction to refurbish the 200-kW Goricane hydropower project in Slovenia.

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Vandals damage Lairg Dam in Scottish Highlands


According to a report by Scottish television station STV, 18 boulders were dislodged from the base of Lairg Dam, in the Scottish Highlands, and placed in the water.

Deep Green Wave Energy Unit

Wave energy developer Minesto establishes UK headquarters with Welsh funds


The Welsh government has awarded US$14.45 million to marine energy developer Minesto as part of its European Regional Development Fund.

Melje Hydropower Plant

Slovenia utility seeks transformer, other equipment for 2.26-MW Melje hydro project


Hydro operator Dravske Elektrarne Maribor d.o.o. (DEM) seeks bids to supply a transformer and other equipment for rehabilitation of the 2.26-MW Melje hydroelectric project on Slovenia's Drava River.

EBRD announces financing for Georgia's 280-MW Nenskra hydropower plant


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has agreed to provide US$200 million for Georgia's 280-MW Nenskra hydropower plant.

French utility seeks construction of 2.2-MW Fontenau hydro project


French local utility Energies Services Lavaur (ESL) seeks bids to equip and construct the 2.2-MW Fontenau hydroelectric project adjacent to a weir on the Agout River at Lavaur.

Serbia seeks environmental expert, engineer for small hydro rehab, development


Serbia utility Elektroprivreda Srbije invites expressions of interest from consulting firms to serve as environmental expert and independent engineer for its small hydropower rehabilitation and development program.

RusHydro, China Three Gorgest hydro development

RusHydro, China Three Gorges Corp. sign agreement to operate Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydro plant


JSC RusHydro and China Three Gorges Corp. have signed an agreement on cooperation with a view to establishing a joint venture for operation of the 320-MW Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydro plant.

Lucerne utility selects Andritz for Arni small hydropower plant upgrade


Andritz Hydro AG has won a US$1 million contract to replace the turbine-generator unit of the 2.5-MW Arni hydropower plant in Switzerland.

French engineer seeks replacement turbines for 3.2-MW Mesce hydro project


Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium seeks bids to supply two replacement turbines for the 3.2-MW Mesce hydroelectric project at Tende in France's Alpes Maritimes Department.

Voith inaugurates small hydro center in Austria


Global manufacturing conglomerate Voith has inaugurated a new Hydropower Technology Center, marking what the company calls "another milestone for small hydropower."

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Contract awarded to modernize 10 small hydropower projects in Slovakia


Slovensky Vodohospodarsky Podnik, Slovakia’s water management agency, has awarded a €9.9 million (US$11 million) contract to Palestra a.s. of Slovakia to reconstruct and modernize 10 small hydropower projects in the country.

Swiss seek equipment for three small hydro plants at 5-MW Fully hydro project


Swiss hydropower operator Alpiq Suisse SA seeks bids to supply electro-mechanical and other equipment for three small hydro plants at the 5-MW Fully hydroelectric project at Fully, Switzerland.

European Commission awards grant for Fortum-led wave energy research


Finnish utility Fortum has received a US$19.12 million grant from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program for a five-year wave energy research and development initiative.

Maine ocean energy developer expands to Ireland


U.S.-based Ocean Renewable Power Company has announced that it will establish a presence called ORPC Ireland, LLC, at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology's Co-Lab Business Centre in County Donegal.

French department seeks operation, maintenance of dams, hydro plants


The Pyrenees-Orientales Department of France seeks bids for operation, monitoring and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric plants in the department.

Orkney marine hydrokinetics test sites prepare to use hybrid EMECOFS


Wave and tidal energy research test facilities that the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) operates in Orkney, Scotland, will utilize a hybrid operational forecast system (OFS) to manage its marine hydrokinetics (MHK) operations, making the system an EMECOFS. 

French town offers hydropower concession to rebuild Paicherou Dam


The town of Carcassone seeks bids for a concession to reconstruct Paicherou Dam and design, finance, construct, operate and maintain a hydropower project and fish passage structure at Carcassone in France's Aude Department.

Green bonds and traditional funding combine to finance hydroelectric projects


As funding needs increase for all types of hydroelectric and additional renewable energy infrastructure -- so called green projects -- money from municipalities and federal jurisdictions may likely combine with green bonds from private investors to complete project-finance. 

GDF Suez announces corporate rebranding, becomes ENGIE


French utility and global hydropower plant operator GDF Suez has announced it has changed its name to ENGIE.

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