Application deadline approaching for Belo Monte hydro project auction

Companies interested in taking part in the auction for the 11,200-MW Belo Monte hydroelectric project must submit application documents by Jan. 29, Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry reported.

The auction date has not been set, but officials say it could be held the first quarter of 2010. The auction previously has faced delays which stem largely from difficulties in securing an environmental license for the project, Reuters reported. (HydroWorld 11/19/09)

The Belo Monte project will be built on the Xingu River and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2014. It will be Brazil’s second-largest power plant behind the Itaipu hydroelectric project in southern Brazil.

Guidelines for the auction have been established.

At least 70 percent of the power generated by Belo Monte must be sold to distribution companies, the ministry said.

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Application deadline nears for environmental projects

The Jan. 1 deadline for submitting new applications to the St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund is approaching, the New York Power Authority reported. 
The fund, established in 2003 during the relicensing of the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, is available for projects pertaining to environmental or educational research related to the St. Lawrence River ecosystem.
For 2010, the fund should have between $65,000 and $75,000 available, the New York Power Authority reported. In the past, funds of up to $20,000 were allocated per project.
Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from other sources for their project proposals. 
Applications, guidelines and additional details are available at
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