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Kyrgyz Republic suffers weak hydrology, gets funding boost
23 December, 2008
The energy sector of the Kyrgyz Republic is continuing to suffer poor hydrology and knock-on impacts, which have brought financial help from multilateral agencies, but in bilateral talks its Government has agreed with Iran to expand co-operation in dam construction.

Avista progress on relicensing Spokane River plants
23 December, 2008
A deal between Avista and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe has taken forward the US utility's relicensing efforts for its plants on the Spokane River, which runs through Washington and Idaho states.

Water development pledge for Africa - UN FAO
23 December, 2008
A pledge to push water development in Africa to boost irrigation and energy has been issued by governments at a conference on tackling climate change, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Statkraft teams with EVN for Albania venture
23 December, 2008
EVN has entered into a joint venture with Statkraft to develop a hydro power scheme on the Devoll River in Albania.

Alcoa, Hydro-Quebec in power agreement deal
23 December, 2008
Aluminium producer Alcoa has struck a new power supply agreement with Hydro-Quebec through to 2040

Jirau contract for Alstom, Voith and Andritz
23 December, 2008
A consortium led by Alstom Hydro, and including Voith Siemens and Andritz VaA Tech Hydro, has been awarded a major equipment supply contract for a share of the 3300MW Jirau project under construction in the state of Rondonia, Brazil.

Stucky in hydro pact with Doheny for Georgia projects
23 December, 2008
Stucky has entered into a strategic hydro development pact with US firm Doheny Global Group for projects to be built in Georgia, central Asia.

NU, NStar seek connector to import Quebec hydro
23 December, 2008
An application has been made to the US Federal Energy Reglatory Commission (FERC) by Northeast Utilities (NU) and NStar to build a transmission link that will enable them to import hydroelectric power from Quebec.

SSE generates first power at Glendoe
23 December, 2008
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has generated first power over 24 hours in commissioning work at the 100MW Glendoe plant in Scotland - the biggest conventional hydro power project in the UK for half a century.

Andritz wins orders in Lao PDR, Cameroon
17 December, 2008
Andritz VA Tech Hydro has won orders to manufacture and supply hydro power equipment for projects in Lao PDR and Cameroon.

Namibia Power moves on Orange River, studies Baynes
17 December, 2008
Namibia Power is finalising a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mini-hydro development on the Orange River and has launched studies for the development of the Baynes hydroelectric power project.

FERC approves first hydrokinetic plant at existing hydro facility
17 December, 2008
The first hydrokinetic plant to be attached to an existing hydro power facility has won approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

New Grampus research announced
16 December, 2008
Offshore Wave Energy (OWEL), in association with IT Power Ltd, has announced the start of new research that will focus on optimizing the performance and investigate the structural loading and mooring requirements of the Grampus wave energy converter.

Looking forward to flood risk
10 December, 2008
The end of 2008 marks the final stages of phase one of the Catchment Flood Management Plans (CFMPs) programme – a scheme organised by the UK’s Environment Agency as a high level, strategic planning tool to manage flood risk over the next 50-100 years

Are dams cultural assets?
10 December, 2008
The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate is researching the dam industry’s cultural heritage. Helena Nynäs explains why dams should be considered as being historically important in the development of society

PPL withdraws application to expand Holtwood plant
10 December, 2008
PPL Corporation has withdrawn an application filed a year ago with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand its Holtwood hydroelectric plant on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, stating that the project was no longer economically justifiable.

Ukraine interested in Rogun
10 December, 2008
Bilateral co-operation talks have raised the possibility of Ukraine participating in the completion of the Rogun project in Tajikistan.

SN Power reviews H&S at Allain Duhangan
09 December, 2008
Norwegian hydro developer SN Power is reviewing the health and safety data on the Allain Duhangan project under construction in India after learning of under-reporting of fatal accidents.

Enel hold hydro, renewables in new 'green power' unit
09 December, 2008
Enel has set up Enel Green Power to hold its hydro power and other assets in the group's renewables portfolio and to develop further resources, including run-of-river projects in Europe and the Americas.

IADB helps fund refurb at Peligre plant, Haiti
09 December, 2008
A grant of US$12.5M has been approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to refurbish the Peligre hydro power plant in Haiti.

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