Decree maintains and broadens Costa Rica's electrical concessions

President Oscar Arias eliminated by decree the obstacle that would have denied water licenses to hydroelectric producers. At the same time he's seeking more private investment in the sector.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

"With the decree the government has eliminated the problem and now there is no obstacle to increasing private participation in the electrical market," said Roberto Dobles, the energy and environment minister.
The measure, however, made sparks in the Legislative Assembly, where deputies from some opposition groups question whether the authority to give water licenses rests with Congress.

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Costa Rica: Hydroelectric concession expires

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

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September 2012

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Costa Rica: Regulation of Private Hydroelectric Companies

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Taiwan Completes Studies for Patuca III Hydro Power Plant in Honduras

May 2010

The government of Taiwan delivered the required technical and engineering studies for building the hydroelectric power plant Patuca III.

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