The Importance of Hydroelectric Projects in Latin America


1st January, 1970

The Importance of Hydroelectric Projects in Latin America

Hydroelectric power (hydroelectricity) refers to the electricity produced from the energy of moving water. Electricity production from hydroelectric sources (% of total) in Latin America varies from about 30% (Argentina, Chile) to about 60-70% (Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia), compared with only 15-16% world’s average.

This, without a doubt, makes hydroelectric projects extremely important when it comes to LATAM region. This year’s agenda for the Small Hydro Latin America conference is jam-packed with sessions and discussions about hydroelectric projects.

Alejandro Lucio, Executive Director, SER-Colombia, will be covering an interactive session on the evolution of the regulatory framework in Colombia and its impact on small hydroelectric projects to draw up a map. He will be looking at:

  • Application of Law 1715 to understand how it can facilitate the development of a small hydroelectric plant of less than 10MW
  • Impact of law 1715 on the Colombian energy scene
  • Alternative mechanisms of expansion to the Reliability Charge necessary to make feasible financial closure of projects with FNCER
  • Promoting a clear policy roadmap to facilitate investment and development of small hydropower plants

Iossif Petropoulos, Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Jeumont Electric, will give a presentation on the example of a hydroelectric generator that had a stator vibration level that compromised its useful life. He will be highlighting the reduction of stator vibration using dynamic vibration dampers.

There will also be a handful of case studies – one of them delivered by Camilo Ruiz Morales, Generation Manager at Vatia. Vatia’s Case Study: Operating Small Hydroelectric Power Plant, Past, Present and Future will cover following aspects:

  • Political-social environment, the peace process as a milestone towards a safer operation
  • Model of jointly socially responsible operation between the private company and the alternative union
  • Technological and environmental challenges to keep small hydroelectric plants in operation
  • Sustainability of small hydropower plants: short and long term regulatory perspectives

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The Small Hydro Latin America
will also feature a particularly interesting panel discussion, gathering senior professionals from Chile, Mexico, Panama and Colombia, and covering a broad range of topics to draw the landscape of small hydro in Latin America. Do not miss this opportunity to understand the importance of hydroelectric projects in Latin America and network with your peers! If you have any enquiries please send an email to events@arena-international.com

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