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Providing safe passage
08 December, 2006
A facility has been constructed at the St Lawrence-FDR power project in New York, US, to provide safe passage upstream for the American eel

SMUD reaches agreement on relicensing
20 November, 2006
The Sacremento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has reached an agreement in principle with state and federal agencies and NGO's to relicence the Upper American river project in California state, US.

Hydro holds firm in Mexico
15 November, 2006
With a string of gas-fired plants being developed in Mexico, can hydro still maintain its place in the country's power generation mix? Neil Ford investigates

Lake Chelan licence issued
07 November, 2006
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a new 50-year licence to Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County for operation of Lake Chelan hydroelectric project.

IDB approves US$30M Panama loan
13 October, 2006
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$30M loan to Panama for a rural electrification programme, which will encourage investment in renewable energy projects such as small hydro power.

Collaborative relicensing
09 October, 2006
As part of the relicensing process for the Catawba-Wateree hydroelectric project, Duke Energy collaborated with over 160 stakeholders to help improve, balance and sustain future power and non-power uses of the scheme’s 13 hydro stations and 11 reservoirs

Back to School - refurbishment work in the US
18 September, 2006
This August saw the beginning of a US$1.4M improvement project at the School Street hydro power facility in New York state, US. Several of the enhancements that are currently underway are beyond the improvements the owner planned as part of its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license renewal, and take into account the historic significance of the facility, and its contribution to the city of Cohoes

Seoul leads tidal breakthrough
12 September, 2006
Development of the 254MW Sihwa tidal power plant in South Korea could lead to further advances in tidal power technology, says Neil Ford

Hydro education
28 June, 2006
With the increasing growth of the hydro power industry throughout the world, the need for educated and skilled personnel in this field is on the rise. Vinit Parida and Michel Cervantes report on a study undertaken by Luleå University of Technology which demonstrates the importance of higher education in hydro

Penobscot river dams to be sold
01 June, 2006
PPL Corporation plans to sell three hydroelectric dams on the Penobscot river in Maine, US. The plan will restore the river’s salmon population and increase hydroelectric output.

31 May, 2006
Brazil is located in Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest country in South America, with total land area of 8,511,965km2. It also has the largest population in South America 186,112,794 (July 2005 est). The Brazilian population is predominantly young, with 62% under 29 years of age. Brazil has undergone a dramatic demographic transformation since 1970, because of a massive urbanisation process and economic modernisation (CIA Facts). Total electricity production of Brazil is 344,645GWh, consisting of coal 8,334GWh, oil 12,981GWh, gas 13,105GWh, biomass 11,404GWh, nuclear 13,837GWh and hydro 284,944GWh (IEA energy statistics, 2002). According to Phrasebase database elects production by source electricity includes fossil fuel 5.85%, nuclear 1.44%, hydro 88.97%, and other 3.74%.

Globeleq purchases Latin American hydro
20 April, 2006
Globeleq has completed the purchase of power assets in Panama and the Dominican Republic from El Paso Corporation.

JBIC signs hydro ODA loan with Paraguay
20 February, 2006
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a US$181M official development assistance (ODA) loan agreement with the Republic of Paraguay for construction of its Yguazu hydro power plant.

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