Will Ecuador's Bet On China-funded Hydropower Backfire?

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Ecuador’s bet on hydro to clean its energy matrix and sell a surplus has landed it in debt and inhibited wind and solar development. Only the Odebrecht-built Manduriacu plant was inaugurated on schedule in 2015. The other seven projects – either partially or wholly owned by Chinese contractors – have missed deadlines due to engineering and environmental problems.

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