Nicaragua: Conflict Between Hydroelectric Stations and the State

The National Electricity Transmission Company (Empresa Nacional de Transmisión Eléctrica) requires small hydro stations to sign a collaboration agreement and grant a general power to the State.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Electricity Transmission Company (Enatrel) requires Small Hydro Power stations (SHPs) to sign a cooperation agreement and grant a general power of business to the state. According statements by Lizeth Zuniga, executive director of the Renewable Energy Association to, the convention is being used as a form of "blackmail".

"There is no time limit (to sign the agreement), but they are creating a lot of pressure, so if a small business gets damaged and stops generating, they do not support the repairs and while they are not supporting them, the entire community is putting on the pressure for electricity," she said.

For example , the PCH El Naranjo, "had an electronic card in the power plant which was damaged and Enatrel indicated that a replacement would not be given unless they signed an agreement in which the company would cedes all of its assets to the state for 20 years".

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