Isagén, Colombian residents discuss hydroelectric plant impact

Monday, July 14, 2014

Residents of Colombia's central northern Santander department took part in a meeting with Colombian power generator Isagén on Sunday.

Isagén and local community members discussed the impact of filling the 820MW hydroelectric plant Sogamoso's water reservoir. "There is no report about how the meetings ended, but the talks between both parties seemed to be conciliatory," a Bancolombia analyst report said.

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The power generator began filling the Sogamoso reservoir last month. Residents have complained that a sharp drop in below-dam water levels has impacted local fishing, while rising above-dam water levels threaten local wildlife.

Community members are asking Isagén for compensation and to develop economic activities to replace those lost by filling the reservoir.

The filling of Sogamosa's reservoir is expected to be completed in the next three months. Isagén has said the hydroelectric plant will begin generating power this month.

When fully functional, Sogamoso is expected to supply approximately 10% of Colombia's energy needs.

BNamericas will host its fourth LatAm Power Generation Summit in Santiago, Chile, on August 13-14. Click here to download the agenda.