Small Hydro

New Zealand’s Department of Conservation has approved a 1.89-MW run of river small hydro power scheme on public conservation land near Whataroa in South Westland. DOC’s West Coast Operations Director Mark Davies, who made the decision, says the scheme can be constructed with minimal long-term effects on the environment. The DOC release did not name...
New Development

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has confirmed forward momentum on the 240-MW Chicoasén II hydroelectric project in Chiapas. This project has been on hold due to problems between owner/operator CFE (Mexico’s state-owned electric company) and unions involved in the construction, according to BNamericas. At the same time, the president reiterated his pledge to...
Environmental

Two energy generating companies have signed on to be host utilities for HYDROVISION International 2020, which will be located in Minneapolis, Minn. U.S., this July: Minnesota Power and Xcel Energy. Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE Inc., provides electricity in a 26,000-square-mile service territory in northeastern Minnesota. The company generates electricity using several technologies, including...