Colbún, the Chilean power company holding a 49 percent stake in the controversial HidroAysén project, announced last month that it is ""indefinitely suspending"" the environmental impact assessment for the project's transmission line. It is one of many regional projects that have faced local and environmental opposition, but have also been cited as necessary to meet growing energy needs. Are mega hydropower projects like this doomed in Chile and elsewhere in Latin America? What energy sources will fill in the void if such projects don\'t come to fruition? How are anticipated consequences of climate change, such as drought, going to change the region's current and future hydropower infrastructure?
Article re-posted as a PDF document with permission from the publishers as part of an Institutional Repository collection to aggregate Latin America energy policy, dialogue, white papers, reports, and educational materials.
Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor. "Where is the future of hydro projects in Latin America headed?." (2012). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/la_energy_dialog/70