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Hydroelectric power returns to Scotland's historic Blair Castle

01/28/2015

A hydropower plant located at Blair Castle in Scotland's Highland Perthshire is generating electricity after sitting idle for more than five decades, following restoration of 100-year old equipment.

Basin agency seeks design of two French reservoirs, possible hydro projects

01/23/2015

France's Adour River Basin agency seeks bids to design and manage construction of two reservoirs in the basin with possible development of hydro projects.

IRENA reports on low renewable energy costs

Renewable costs (including hydro) competitive with fossil, report finds

01/22/2015

The cost to generate power from renewable sources (including hydro) has reached parity with or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a recent press release from the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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Scotland moves forward on a 10-MW small hydroelectric project in Den of Arlie

01/19/2015

Development in Den of Airlie will move forward now that the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SPEA) is satisfied with the results of a four-year-long environmental impact study submitted by Airlie Castle property owners. Formerly a nature reserve, but now an area of special scientific interest, the area’s study indicates a small hydroelectric project would have needed economic benefits to the community and have no major adverse negative impacts to the environment. 

French agency seeks bottom outlet refurbishment at 5.9-MW Panneciere hydro project

01/19/2015

France's Seine River Basin agency seeks bids to rehabilitate the bottom outlet valve of the 5.9-MW Panneciere hydroelectric project on the Yonne River in France's Nievre Department.

French engineer seeks trashrack, fish passage for 8-MW Pebernat hydro project

01/16/2015

Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium seeks bids to supply and install a trashrack and downstream fish passage at the 8-MW Pebernat hydroelectric project on the Ariege River in France's Ariege Department.

HydroVision Russia 2015 keynote address to include World Energy Council, Russian Federation involvement

01/16/2015

The organizers of HydroVision Russia and POWER-GEN Russia are pleased to announce the support of the Russian Federation's Ministry of Energy and other industry leaders, making the upcoming conference and exhibition an important event for all those working Russia's energy market.

Dutch pension fund acquires Norwegian hydropower operator

01/13/2015

European asset manager Aquila Capital has completed its acquisition of Norwegian hydroelectric project operator Norsk Gronnkraft AS on behalf of the Dutch General Pension Fund for Public Employees (ABP) and German insurance companies.

Slovakia water agency seeks refurbishment of 10 small hydro projects

01/13/2015

Slovakia's water management agency seeks bids to reconstruct and modernize 10 small hydropower projects.

Bosnia seeks engineer to supervise construction of 20-MW Vranduk hydropower project

01/09/2015

Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina invites expressions of interest from consulting engineers to review documentation and supervise construction of the 20-MW Vranduk hydroelectric project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

German state seeks turbine-generators for 2.7-MW Muldestausee hydro project

01/05/2015

The reservoir and hydropower operator of Germany's Saxony-Anhalt State seeks bids to supply two turbine-generators for the proposed 2.7-MW Muldestausee hydropower project on the Mulde River in Germany.

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Infinis sells small hydro plant portfolio to Dwy Cymru Welsh Water, H2O Power Limited

12/30/2014

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is acquiring small hydro plants from Infinis Energy and H2O Power Limited Partnership will acquire the remaining hydropower sites, in deals valued at a total of £20.5 million (US$31.9 million).

Enerquip wins contract for trashrack supply at 30-MW Ramfoss hydropower plant

12/22/2014

Norwegian operator Ramfoss Kraftlag has awarded a contract to Enerquip AS to supply a trash rake for the 30-MW Ramfoss hydroelectric plant.

Marine Hydrokinetics

12/22/2014

News related to the worldwide marine hydrokinetics industry from November-December 2014

Dams & Civil Structures

12/22/2014

The latest news on dams and civil structures from November-December 2014

Small Hydro

12/19/2014

The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from November-December 2014

Tech Notes

12/19/2014

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

World News

12/19/2014

News on the global hydroelectric industry from November-December 2014

Effects of Increased Solar and Wind Energy on Hydro Plant Operation

12/19/2014

In many countries, needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have led to increased installation of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar.

Preventing Problems through Past Experience

12/19/2014

With the potential for disaster at hydropower projects around the world, the lack of organized training programs becomes a prominent consideration in how companies manage their assets.

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