Cuba to capitalise on hydropower potential

Cuba is seeking to more fully exploit it hydro potential. To-date, this Latin American island has around 180 small-scale hydroelectric plants.

The plants currently produce around 65 MW but, according to Mario Alberto Arrastia, an energy expert speaking to the Cuban newspaper Juventud Rebelde, the country has the potential to increase production ten times.

He said the country should use every available dam to build a new hydroelectricity facilities, although he did recognize this as a key challenge.

Hydropower currently represented 0.5 per cent of the 17 000 MW produced in Cuba in 2010, according to official figures.

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