Former employee wins concessions for three EDF hydro plants

A company formed by a former employee of Electricite de France (EDF) has won concessions, in competition with the utility, to operate three EDF hydroelectric projects.

Force Hydraulique de Severaisse, formed by Franck Adisson, a former EDF purchaser and a former Olympic canoeing medalist, won concessions from the Haute Alpes Department government to operate the Beaumont, La Trinite, and Saint-Firmin hydro plants, totaling 13 MW, Agence France Press reported.

The concession award makes Force Hydraulique de Severaisse the preferred candidate to file for regulatory, environmental, and other approvals to operate the projects through 2010.

EDF said the projects, on the Severaisse River, are the first the utility has lost in concession renewal competition since France began liberalizing its electricity system. Although the plants are small, another half-dozen plants totaling several hundred megawatts are to be up for concession renewal through 2014.

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