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Construction on the 260-MW Don Sahong hydroelectric project in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is expected to begin before the end of 2015. According to an announcement from the National Assembly (parliament of Lao PDR), the facility is being built at the Mekong River near Khone Falls in Champasak Province.
JSW Energy Ltd., based in Mumbai, India, is refinancing about US$1.1 billion via a 5:25 financial structure for its hydropower-related debt following the purchase of two hydroelectric projects in November 2014 from Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd.
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.
On Monday, Sept. 14 during it annual meeting awards ceremony held this year in New Orleans, La., the Association of State Dam Safety Officials presented its 2015 National Rehabilitation Project of the Year award to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Gilboa Dam.
According to the Federal Register, potential power is presently unutilized at the 800-kW East powerhouse and proposed 700-kW West powerhouse for the Potsdam hydroelectric project on the Raquette River in Lancaster County, New York. The proposed West powerhouse received a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exemption from licensing in 1981.
Salini Impregilo announced it has signed a US$575 million engineering, procurement and construction contract to design and construct portions of the 280-MW Nenskra hydroelectric project on the Nenskra River in the Svaneti district of Northwest Georgia.
Chongqing Haizhuang Windpower Equipment Co. Ltd. (HZ Windpower), based in China, has received approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Chongqing Municipality for its study on key technology and model testing for marine hydrokinetic (MHK) power.
Although current in-water system hydropower technology cannot yet offer all the benefits from utilizing existing municipal water systems, Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have highlighted the potential for further cost savings from micro-hydroelectric power that could also reduce greenhouse gases.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is funding the Ireland division of U.S.-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. (ORPC) to identify feasible tidal energy sites in the coastal waters of County Donegal.
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