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The 558MW Yusufeli Dam project in Turkey’s northern Artvin province...
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Norway proposing tax increase on hydropower
The Norwegian Government is proposing to increase the effective resource rent tax rate on hydropower from 37% to 45%, with effect from the 2022 fiscal year, stating that the...
Could hydro power the Houses of Parliament?
Hydropower could play a role in providing electricity to the Houses of Parliament in London, UK under plans suggested by Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle
Kabelschlepp France installs 120m cable carrier at hydropower plant
Kabelschlepp France has announced that, with the aid of an international team, it implemented a cable carrier system for the safety value at Châteauneuf du Rhône hydroelectric plant,...
In-river works completed for Bowston Weir removal in the UK
In-river works for the removal of the 3m high weir at Bowston in Cumbria have now been completed, South Cumbria Rivers Trust has announced.
Tâmega complex inaugurated in Portugal
The Tâmega hydroelectric complex in Portugal - one of the largest energy storage facilities in Europe – has been officially inaugurated, the Corner has reported.
EDP inaugurates floating solar plant at Alqueva Dam
EDP today inaugurates the new floating solar photovoltaic power plant at the Alqueva dam reservoir in Portugal – the largest floating solar plant in Europe on a reservoir.
Reports says 2021 was record breaking year for dam removal in Europe
At least 239 barriers were removed from rivers in 2021 by practitioners from 17 European countries, making it a record-breaking year for dam removal on the continent, a new report says.
Eiffage launches new hydro construction in France
France’s Eiffage has announced it is expanding its hydropower portfolio by building a new micro hydropower plant in Terrasson-Lavilledieu,
Axpo to supply hydro to Nestlé, starts up new small hydro plant
Swiss renewable energy firm Axpo is to supply hydropower from its Mauvoisin plant to Nestlé Switzerland over the next five years after signing a new power purchase agreement (PPA)....
Swiss Govt consults on plans to speed up hydro approval
The approval process for hydropower projects in Switzerland could be simplified and streamlined under plans put forward by the country’s government.
First unit connected at Gouvães plant, Portugal
Iberdrola, in collaboration with the Portuguese administration, has synchronised the first 220MW turbine at the Gouvães hydroelectric power plant – part of the Tâmega giga battery...
vgbe publishes note on EU taxonomy and hydropower
vgbe energy has announced the publication of an Interpretation Note on Hydropower & the EU Taxonomy Climate Delegated Act (C/2021/4987 final) as a step within the dialogue process...
Portugal auctions rights for solar projects at hydro plants
An auction has been launched for the right to install floating solar parks on the reservoirs on seven dams in Portugal, Reuters has reported.
Mott MacDonald starts work on Skavica project
Mott MacDonald has announced it is supporting development of the preliminary designs for a new hydroelectric project in Skavica, Albania.
Uniper installs battery systems at hydro plants
Uniper is to install two new battery systems with a total capacity of 12MW at the Bodum and Fjällsjö hydropower plants in Jämtland, Sweden
New maintenance bridge for Maentwrog
A new maintenance footbridge has been installed at the Maentwrog hydroelectric plant in the UK, Magnox has announced.
META gets lease for open water test sites off Welsh coast
Wales’ national test centre has now officially signed a lease with The Crown Estate, launching the opening of the META Open Water test sites.
Solar construction starts on Zlatoličje hydroelectric plant, Slovenia
Dravske elektrarne Maribor, part of the HSE Group, has begun construction of segment five of the Zlatoličje solar power plant on the left bank of the Zlatoličje hydroelectric...
Welsh renewables report overlooks hydropower and tidal energy says industry
A Welsh Affairs Committee report on the potential for renewable energy in Wales has overlooked the hydropower and tidal energy sectors, the British Hydropower Association has claimed.