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French city seeks construction, operation of Taconnaz small hydro project

09/03/2015

The city of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc seeks bids to build and operate the Taconnaz small hydropower project on the Taconnaz River in France.

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International Hydropower Association releases 2015 Hydropower Status Report

09/01/2015

The International Hydropower Association announces availability of its 2015 Hydropower Status Report.

Proposed changes to U.K.'s FiT program met with backlash from small hydro sector

08/28/2015

Changes to the United Kingdom's Feed-In Tariff program could have a negative impact on a number of generation sectors -- including small hydroelectric power -- according to a number of industry groups.

France inaugurates Le Croisic MHK test site

08/28/2015

On Aug. 25, France officially inaugurated the Site d’ Experimentation en Mer (SEM-REV) at Le Croisic, Brittany, France on the country’s west coast. The site will test marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems and floating wind turbines in open sea conditions. 

Ireland-Wales micro-hydroelectric research study funded with US$1.5 million

08/28/2015

Although current in-water system hydropower technology cannot yet offer all the benefits from utilizing existing municipal water systems, Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have highlighted the potential for further cost savings from micro-hydroelectric power that could also reduce greenhouse gases. 

ORPC Ireland receives funding for marine hydrokinetic feasibility study

08/26/2015

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is funding the Ireland division of U.S.-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. (ORPC) to identify feasible tidal energy sites in the coastal waters of County Donegal. 

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Scotland begins operating 1-MW Merk small hydro project

08/26/2015

The 1-MW Merk small hydro plant began operating on the River Fyne, Argyll, Scotland, and a ribbon cutting was held Aug. 24.

Indonesia's PLN signs agreement to develop commercial tidal power plant

08/26/2015

State-owned utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and British marine and hydrokinetic developer SBS Intl. Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an ocean energy project in Indonesia.

Australian dam safety officials on alert for possible dam failure in New South Wales

08/25/2015

Residents near Jerrara Dam in rural Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia on the NSW South Coast have been ordered to evacuate their homes amidst fear the dam will fail as more than a foot of rain had fallen in the area by 3 p.m. on Aug. 25. 

Serbia extends bidding for electrical, mechanical equipment to refurbish seven small hydro projects

08/24/2015

Serbia utility Elektroprivreda Srbije has extended the deadline for bids to supply and install electrical and mechanical equipment for reconstruction of seven small hydroelectric projects totaling 9.98 MW. 

French engineer seeks cross-flow turbine to reactivate 1-MW Brides-les-Bains hydro project

08/20/2015

Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium seeks bids to supply a cross-flow turbine-generator for reactivation of the 1-MW Brides-les-Bains hydropower project in France's Savoie Department. 

French hydro operator seeks study, design of replacement turbines for 272-MW Mareges hydro project

08/18/2015

French hydropower operator Societe Hydro-Electrique du Midi (SHEM) seeks bids to study and design four replacement turbine runners for the 272-MW Mareges hydroelectric project on France's Dordogne River.

England's Chatsworth Estate adding small hydropower project

08/18/2015

Hydroelectric power is coming to England's historic Chatsworth Estate, following approval by the Peak District National Park Authority earlier this month.

Italy hydro developer seeks construction of Barghe hydro project

08/18/2015

Italian hydropower developer Iniziative Bresciane S.p.A. seeks bids for civil and hydraulic works to construct the Barghe hydroelectric project at Barghe, Italy.

Italy’s ENEA continues to study harvesting hydrokinetic energy potential with PEWEC

08/17/2015

Italy’s National Agency for New Energy Technologies (ENEA), based in Roma, Italy, in July unveiled its Pendulum Wave Energy Converter (PEWEC) wave device during ENEA’s Electric Energy from the Sea conference. 

Bulgaria seeks design, preparation, supervision to build Yadenitsa Dam

08/13/2015

Bulgaria utility Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania EAD (NEK) seeks bids for design, document preparation and construction supervision of Yadenitsa Dam on Bulgaria's Yadenitsa River. 

French hydro operator seeks turbine-generator to rehabilitate Castela hydro project

08/11/2015

French hydropower operator Societe Hydro-Electrique du Midi (SHEM) seeks bids to supply electro-mechanical equipment including a turbine-generator for rehabilitation of the Castela hydroelectric project on France's Tarn River. 

HydroEvent.com launches for HydroVision International 2016

08/11/2015

HydroEvent.com, the one-stop location for all things related to the world’s largest hydro event, is up and running for HydroVision International 2016. The conference and events are scheduled for July 26-29 in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

Europe leading tidal development, but US and Asia catching up

08/10/2015

New analysis from market research and analysis firm Frost & Sullivan finds that the UK remains the front-runner in the development of newer tidal energy solutions, buoyed by good tidal resources and a supportive regulatory scenario.

Italy's ERG Power Generation acquires 527 MW of hydroelectric power from E.ON

08/07/2015

German utility E.ON has agreed to sell its 527 MW Terni hydroelectric power complex to Genoa-based ERG Power Generation S.p.A.

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