Private Hydropower Projects: Exporting the American Experience

by Wayne L. Rogers, Synergics Inc, Annapolis, United States,
Jean-Pierre Bourgeacq, Synergics Inc, Annapolis, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources

Abstract: This paper addresses different aspects of exporting the American knowledge and experience in the private development of small-scale hydropower projects. It details the 'export' and 'adaptation/translation' of American PURPA philosophy to other countries. The major stumbling blocks on the road to exportation are listed. The subject countries' market evaluation is explained, as well as methods for researching and gathering the necessary information on a specific country. Methods of choosing a target country are discussed, and the criteria necessary for making a choice are detailed. The subject of legal framework and privatization of power generation issues overseas and the ways and means to help the 'export of U.S. expertise' through U.S. Government programs are described. The subjects of financing and joint ventures with local entities are also included in this paper. Various scenarios for private development overseas are presented.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power plants | Legal affairs | Highways and roads | Data collection | Privatization | Frames | North America | United States

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