HYDRONEWS - THE AMERICAS - Special Edition

Development of hydropower in North, South America and Canada

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ANDRITZ - HYDRO Alexander Schwab

Editorial

Home to around one billion people, the Americas stretch from the industrialized north to the developing economies of the south and across all climate zones. Despite its rich diversity there is a common denominator - electricity production from hydropower.

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River Landscape

Canada - Energy from Ocean to Ocean

Due to its geography and climate, Canada has a long tradition of electricity production from hydropower. The first Canadian hydropower station was commissioned in 1891 at Chaudière Falls, in Ottawa.

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Sky Line from the sea

United States of America - Hydropower for the Pioneers of Electricity

The United States of America are one of the largest producers of hydropower in the world.  Around 6% of the nation’s electricity has been provided by conventional hydropower over the last few years.

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Carneval in Brazil

Brazil - Hydropower Energizing People

Brazil is the second-largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world and has the largest hydropower resources in South America. About three-fourths of its electric power supply is based on hydropower.

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COUNTRY REPORTS

Mexico City skyline

Mexico - An Emerging Global Player

In recent years, the government has introduced economic reforms with the aim of improving competitiveness and economic growth of the Mexican economy.

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Landscape in Central America

Central America and Caribbean Islands - A Growing Economy through Green Energy

After peace came to Central America in the mid-1990s, the region experienced a lot of social reforms and transformations resulting in steady economic growth.

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Primeval Forest in Costa Rica

Costa Rica - The Country of Renewable Power

Hydropower is essential to the economic development of Costa Rica. Although the electrification rate of Costa Rica is more than 99% and therefore the highest in Central America, electricity demand is continuously increasing.

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Hydropower plant Coca Codo Sinclair

Ecuador - Hydropower, the Energy Source of the Future

Ecuador has a developing economy that is highly dependent on petroleum and agricultural products. Electricity demand is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade.

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Tipical landscape in Colombia

Colombia - Clean Energy for a Green Country

Electricity production in Colombia comes mainly from renewable energy sources, 71% of which comes from hydroelectric generation.

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Indigenous people of Peru in the  tipical costume

Peru - Renewable Energy for an Emerging Country

The expanding Peruvian economy is one of the more active ones in the South American region.

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Carneval in Brazil

Brazil - Hydropower Energizing People

Brazil is the second-largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world and has the largest hydropower resources in South America. About three-fourths of its electric power supply is based on hydropower.

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Hydropower plant in a cascade at the Bio Bio River

Chile - Enriching a Stable Economy

Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous economies. The energy sector is largely privatized, particularly the power industry.

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Tipical landscape in Bolivia with mountains and grassy steppe

Bolivia - Great Prospects for Hydropower

In 2015, the Bolivian government passed an investment law in order to improve the investment climate and hence boost energy production.

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