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...
HYDROVISION International

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...
Small Hydro

BNDES, Brazil’s state-run development bank, has approved a loan for BRL95 million (US$23.3 million) to finance the 14-MW Nova Guaporé small hydropower (SHP) plant. According to BNamericas, the project will be owned by local group Polimix. “Nova Guaporé SHP complies with the national energy plan as it is the generation of renewable hydraulic energy and...
Finance

By Elizabeth Ingram The end of the year is the perfect opportunity to look back, to reflect on what has passed, before the new year when we naturally focus on the future. As I reflect on the news and issues we’ve covered on Hydro Review over the past year, I can identify five big trends...
Finance

The Government of Solomon Islands and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have announced the formal completion of a financing agreement for the 15-MW Tina River Hydropower Project. The Tina River project will curb Solomon Islands’ reliance on imported diesel by almost 70%, lowering power prices for homes and businesses across the country, where the price...