Costa Rica: Hydroelectric concession expires

Right in the middle of an energy crisis, this country is allowing its hydroelectric power company concessions to expire.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The first concession to use water for producing electricity has expired This means the owner of the el Cedral plant in Ciudad Quesada must shut it down. This project has been providing energy in the north since the early 1960s.
As well, three other permits are due to expire this year. If the authorities from the Ministry of Energy and the Environment do not renew these permits, the shortfall could make a difference in storing electricity during the summer, said Claudio Volio, spokesman for the electricity producers.
A government spokesman says a gap in the legislation is the cause of the failure to renew the permits.

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