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Our next HYDRO+ sessions: Training on plant rehabilitation and emergency action plans

The next sessions in our ongoing free monthly virtual training program take place Jan. 26 and 27 and cover the topics of rehabilitating existing hydropower and emergency action planning for dam safety. Hydro Review and...

Thermal plant output in Peru dips nearly 15% in 2020, due in part to...

Peru’s power grid operator COES reports that that electricity generation totaled 49,179 GWh in 2020, down 7% from 2019, due to reduced offtake on account of COVID-19 lockdown measures and the prioritization of hydropower...
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Hydropower dominates in Brazil, at 62.17% of total installed capacity at end of 2020

Hydropower dominates the energy mix in Brazil, contributing more than 62% of its total installed electric generating capacity at the end of 2020. Brazil ended 2020 with total installed electric generating capacity of 174,413...

Force majeure stalls development of 18.7-MW Santa Lorenza I hydro in Peru

Peru’s energy and mines ministry has accepted force majeure requests from Empresa de Generación Eléctrica Santa Lorenza for its 18.7-MW Santa Lorenza I small hydro project. The plant was due to be online at the...

Votorantim Energia upgrades data transmission at four hydro plants

Brazil’s Votorantim Energia has improved the transmission of operating data to national grid operator ONS from four of its hydro plants. The upgrades plants are Sobragi (Belmiro Braga, Minas Gerais state), Itupararanga (Votorantim, São Paulo),...
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Sustainability pioneer to chair hydropower sustainability council

One of the world’s leading experts on sustainable development, Dr Ashok Khosla, has been appointed as independent chair of the global council that governs sustainability guidance for hydropower. Dr Khosla will take up his new...

Hydroelectric plants make up half of the eight largest Colombian energy projects by capex

The country of Colombia has more than 760 energy projects under development, according to BNamericas' database. Of the eight largest on file by capital expenditure, half are hydroelectric plants. These projects are expected to...

Peru green lights construction of 392-MW Huallaga I hydroelectric plant

The Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem) has granted Central Hidroeléctrica Huallaga Hydro SA - HUAHYSA the definitive concession to develop the activity of generating electricity through the 392-MW Central Hidroeléctrica Huallaga I project. According...

Colombian power project pipeline hits 16 GW, includes 3.47 GW of hydropower

Colombia's power generation project pipeline has surpassed 16 GW as investors capitalize on rebounding electricity demand and COVID-19 vaccine developments, according to BNamericas. Energy ministry planning unit UPME has 322 active projects in its registry...

Test operations begun at 104-MW Patuca III hydroelectric in Honduras

Honduras’ state power company Enee has begun test operations of the 104-MW Patuca III hydroelectric plant in Olancho department. An initial 5 MW were injected into the national interconnected grid (SIN), said Enee. The plant...

EPM submits defense in 2.4-GW Ituango hydro project probe

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) has submitted its defense against claims of administrative irregularities related to its troubled 2.4-GW Ituango hydro project, according to BNamericas. In a securities filing, EPM said it presented its...