Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2006 (Revised May 2009)

Endesa Chile: Raising the Ralco Dam (A)

by Kathleen L. McGinn, Paula J. Laschober and Dina Pradel


Endesa Chile, the largest electricity generation company in Chile, is building a major power plant on the Biobio River in Southern Chile. A historic conflict involving the indigenous people of the Biobio River, the Chilean government, and international conservation groups results. The conflict threatens the completion of the project and the longstanding culture and community of the Penhuenche, the indigenous people of the Upper Biobio.

Keywords: Buildings and Facilities; Energy Generation; Government and Politics; Negotiation; Business and Community Relations; Natural Environment; Conflict and Resolution; Social Issues; Energy Industry; Chile;


McGinn, Kathleen L., Paula J. Laschober, and Dina Pradel. "Endesa Chile: Raising the Ralco Dam (A)." Harvard Business School Case 906-014, April 2006. (Revised May 2009.)