New Development

Ecuador’s state power corporation Celec has issued an international call to structure the public selection process for the concession of the 596-MW Cardenillo hydro project on the Paute River. BNamericas reported previously that Celec finalized a local search for the process after the sole participant did not fulfill minimum requirements. The contract entails the preparation...
Rehabilitation and Repair

Technicians from Ecuador’s Turbine Research and Recovery Center (CIRT), using a high-tech scanning electron microscopy system, are carrying out investigations to determine the elemental chemical composition, morphological and particle size of the sediments carried by the Pastaza River. According to a press release published by BNamericas, water from this river is used for hydroelectric generation...
Finance

Honduran state power company ENEE’s plan to overhaul the 300-MW Francisco Morazan (also called El Cajon) complex, the country’s largest power plant, has received a boost after the IDB approved US$18 million for the US$36.8 million project, according to BNamericas Francisco Morazán is on the Comayagua River in Cortés department, about 230 km from the capital...
Small Hydro

The World Bank has increased funding for the Haiti: Renewable Energy for All Project by approving an additional $6.9 million for the initiative. The bank’s International Development Association (IDA) will provide up to $4 million of the additional financing as a grant, and $2.9 million will be provided by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme...
Government and Policy News

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) plans to issue a decree changing the normal dispatch priority, currently based on economic principles, by instructing grid coordinator Cenace to give extraordinary priority to Mexican state power company Comision Federal de Electricidad’s (CFE) hydropower generators. According to BNamericas, this move would sideline private producers. López Obrador confirmed...
Controls and Automation

Several exciting speakers and sessions have been added to the lineup for next month’s HYDROVISION Exchange virtual event. HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review are hosting this completely virtual experience on November 16-19, 2020. The HYDROVISION Exchange will kick off with a powerful keynote address — featuring Bonneville Power Administration Interim Administrator and Chief Executive Officer...
Jobs and People

The Hydropower Sustainability Training Academy launched by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) will expand and improve knowledge in hydropower sustainability. The academy builds on IHA’s 25 years of experience in developing guidance on hydropower development, as well as its expertise in delivering training and capacity building, according to a press release. The courses are based...