China Three Gorges and EDP commission third generating unit at Cachoeira Caldeirao.

China Three Gorges and EDP commission third generating unit at Cachoeira Caldeirao.

The Brazilian Cachoeira Caldeirao hydropower project, which is 50-50 based between China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) and Energias de Portugal (EDP), has come: the third generating unit went into commercial operation. By then, all the generating units of the project had been put into operation, and the project had shifted from the construction phase to […]

Chile’s indigenous communities are furious over the construction of small-scale dams.

Chile’s indigenous communities are furious over the construction of small-scale dams.

Eight years after Chile agreed to take the concerns of its indigenous peoples into account before implementing new mining, forestry and hydropower projects through a process of prior consultation known as consulta previa, skeptics wonder whether the government really meant what it promised. Case in point: At least three small-scale dams have sprouted in the same region […]

Chilean Environmental Evaluation Service releases new guide for HPPs.

Chilean Environmental Evaluation Service releases new guide for HPPs.

The Environmental Evaluation Service (SEIA) has published the “Guide for Determination of the Ecological Flow for Hydropower Plants”. The objective of the Guide is to establish uniform criteria for determining the environmental flow regime in hydropower plant projects that are evaluated by the SEIA. The Guide incorporates the use of hydrological criteria, valuation of ecosystem […]

Bolivian government moves prioritization of 254-MW Ivirizu HPP forward.

Bolivian government moves prioritization of 254-MW Ivirizu HPP forward.

The Bolivian government is moving forward with development of the 254-MW Ivirizu hydropower plant following the approval of legislation by the country’s lower house last week. The legislation names the project as a priority of national interest, though it must still be passed by the Bolivian senate to be officially expedited. State-run power company Empresa […]

Honduras Lenca Communities reject hydropower project after murder.

Honduras Lenca Communities reject hydropower project after murder.

Lenca communities in the western Honduran region of La Paz have voted overwhelmingly against a controversial hydroelectric dam in their territory against the construction of a hydroelectric dam, which sparked an Indigenous resistance movement following the 2009 U.S.-backed coup. Ninety percent of the 1,200 Hondurans who cast ballots in 15 pollintg places across nine communities Sunday voted against the dam on the Chinacla river in the municipality of Santa Elena.  The […]

Tractebel to upgarde Mantaro hydroelectric complex in Peru.

Tractebel to upgarde Mantaro hydroelectric complex in Peru.

Tractebel has been awarded the contract for the modernization project of the main Peruvian power generation complex, 1008MW Mantaro, located in Central Peru. The project will be executed by an integrated, multidisciplinary team from Tractebel in Brazil, France and Peru. They will perform the studies for the deployment of the Mantaro Hydroelectric Complex Maintenance Plan […]

Paraguayan-Brazilian hydroelectric plant confirms world leadership.

Paraguayan-Brazilian hydroelectric plant confirms world leadership.

The giant hydroelectric plant ITAPU, a bi-national entity belonging to Paraguay and Brazil, today confirms its ranking among the world leaders in power generation, establishing another production record. In the first half of the year, it generated a record of 51,635,000 megawatts/hour (Mwh). According to the Agencia Paraguaya de Información, if this average is sustained […]

Venezuela ends power rationing as hydropower resources recover.

Venezuela ends power rationing as hydropower resources recover.

Venezuela on Monday ended an unpopular energy-saving plan, including electricity rationing and two-day working weeks, as its main hydropower plant is regaining water supply. The plan, which went into effect on April 25, initially cut off electricity to households in much of the country for up to four hours a day, and later three hours […]

Brazil eyes extra 10 bln reais from hydroelectric auctions.

Brazil eyes extra 10 bln reais from hydroelectric auctions.

The Brazilian government expects to collect an extra 10 billion reais in 2017 with the auction of several hydroelectric power plants in the south of the country, three senior government officials familiar with plan told Reuters on Monday. The concession of the hydroelectric plants, all owned by Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais, or Cemig, could […]

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