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  1. Rwanda leases 22 small hydroelectric plants to private consortium

    On Aug. 27, Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure government announced it has leased 22 small hydropower projects located in the northern and western provinces to private investors to spur the country’s hydroelectric energy program. According to energy experts at the ministry, the plants would add about 24.6 MW of hydroelectric energy to the national grid. Financial terms of the agreement are not immediately available. However, a power consortium group signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with the ministry. At the conclusion of the agreement, the Rwandan government will assume plant operations and maintenance. The listed facilities, including three with an as yet determined capacity, include: 200-kW Agatobwe; Nyamyotsi I and II, each 100 kW; 9-MW Kimbili Rukarara V; 2.2-MW Rugezi; 200-kW Mutobo; Base I and II; and and Ngororero. The power developer’s a consortium includes: Karera and Tiger Huert Heindi Energicotel Ltd. and Adre Hydropower; Prime Energy and Kochendorefer and FEE; Rwanda Energy UK Ltd. and Africa Energy Services; Rwanda Mountain Tea; Rural Energy Promotion Ltd.; Ngali Energy; and Led Energy Solutions and Green Energy. Ministry officials said leasing the small hydroelectric plants to the private sector is in line with Rwanda's development agenda, in which energy production is given priority. Rwanda's current installed electric generation capacity is 161.2 MW, with another 70 MW planned for grid connection by the end of 2015. By 2017, the government said it hopes to generate 563 MW. Currently, the breakdown of Rwanda’s installed power generation includes 97.37 MW of hydroelectric generation, thermal power at 51.7 MW, methane accounts for 3.6 MW and solar energy produces 8.75 MW.  

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    Mon, 31 Aug 2015

  2. Brazil judge suspends license for hydroelectric dam

    Federal Judge Maria Carolina Valente do Carmo ordered the suspension on Thursday

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    Fri, 15 Jan 2016

  3. Apple commits US$1.07 million to SEAI for MHK development

    Apple Inc., based in Cupertino, Calif., USA, has committed US$1.07 million to help developers test marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy prototypes through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) at its Ocean Energy test site for quarter-scale prototypes in Galway Bay, Ireland.  

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    Thu, 12 Nov 2015

  4. Yalong River Hydropower Ltd. to issue US$155 million in 270-day bills

    On Aug. 25, Yalong River Hydropower Development Co. Ltd. (YRDC) announced it would issue US$155 million (RMB 1 billion) in unsecured super short-term bills with a maturity of 270 days on the interbank market on Aug 26. 

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    Tue, 25 Aug 2015

  1. Investigators examine impact of Brazil’s Belo Monte hydroelectric dam

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    Wed, 17 Jun 2015

  2. Minnesota Power’s Great Northern Transmission Line will ‘unlock a powerful synergy’ between wind and hydro power

    Citing the benefits of additional clean energy to power electric growth across a stronger regional electric grid, ALLETE division Minnesota Power has outlined the need for a 500-kV Manitoba-Minnesota transmission line.

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    Wed, 23 Oct 2013

  3. An autopsy of Australia's carbon tax

    A global recession, political miscalculations and failed negotiations only partially explain the dramatic change

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    Mon, 7 Jul 2014

  4. Wind plants complain to FERC as BPA again curtails wind for excess hydro

    Pacific Northwest wind power generators have filed a new complaint against Bonneville Power Administration with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission even as BPA again ordered wind plants to cease generating to make room on the grid for free excess federal hydropower.

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    Mon, 14 May 2012

  5. BPA prepares hydro oversupply plan to compensate wind curtailment

    Bonneville Power Administration is preparing to file a plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that will compensate wind power generators when BPA orders them to cease generation to make room on the grid for free excess federal hydropower resulting from high river flows in the Pacific ...

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    Tue, 28 Feb 2012

  6. AEM Sees H1 EBITDA Up 70 per cent, Plans Bond Sale

    The head of AEM Milano said on Monday he expected the utility to report a 70 per cent rise in first-half earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) and a 35 per cent rise in sales.

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    Tue, 5 Aug 2003