Mexico looks to reduce hydropower plant land use disputes

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An announcement made this week by Mexico’s Comision Reguladora de Energia could provide hydroelectric developers with an easier means of settling land use conflicts.

Per a decree issued in the country’s federal gazette, CRE has stated that hydropower projects — along with geothermal plants — qualify for certain protections in land use disputes given that their specific location is responsible for their ability to operate.

The ruling impacts Mexico’s power sector law, which says generating assets are considered a public utility, thus effectively eliminating the ability of project opponents to contest the sites of proposed hydro and geothermal projects.

On the flipside, however, projects — including wind and solar — could also be forced to relocate should studies find superior generating resources elsewhere.

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