19 NOVEMBER 1997. SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA: ENERGY

Environmental News Service reports that computer models by a team from the University of Florida, the National University of Colombia at Medellin, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute and the Institute for Hydrologic Resources and Electrification in Panama will help predict reduced flows in South and Central America that could restrict hydroelectric production. Countries such as Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica are very dependent on water-generated power. Drought conditions during ENSO events increase the need to import oil for electric generation. The model may also help the U.S. which generates 15 % of its power from hydro sources.--based on a report from the EnviroNews Service <http://www.envirolink.org/membership>.

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