Peru ministry seeking to fine-tune hydroelectric concessions framework

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Peru’s energy and mines ministry has published for consultation a draft resolution to optimize hydropower use.

According to BNamericas, the proposal would approve technical, economic and environmental guidelines for the evaluation of the efficient use of water resources that considers the maximum capacity of power generation.

The resolution would apply to all hydrolectric projects that request a definitive power generation concession, as well as projects that request a concession modification due to a decrease of capacity to be installed or an expansion of the concession area.

“There is a clear mandate to the entities that make up the state apparatus to monitor, not only subsequently, but above all previously, the authorizations for individuals to use the resource,” the ministry said in its supporting arguments.

The proposed guidelines are available here and supporting arguments at this link, both in Spanish.

The ministry’s general power office will accept comment for 30 calendar days at

As of March 2021, hydropower provided 39.1% of the total electric power installed capacity in Peru, out of a total of 13,241.96 MW.

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