Bolivia wind plans pick up

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Planned wind power capacity additions in Bolivia as part of the country's efforts to diversify its energy matrix and break dependence on thermoelectric plants are closer to coming to fruition.

In a statement, the lower house reported that lawmakers approved a bill that declares of public need and utility the expropriation of land in Santa Cruz department for planned 36MW plants El Dorado and San Julián.

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The two projects belong to state power company Ende subsidiary Corani which also is developing wind farms La Ventolera (24MW), Qollpana III (53MW) and Warnes (21MW).

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Corani operates Bolivia's sole wind farms: Qollpana (3MW) and Qollpana II (24MW).

Meanwhile, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés signed an agreement with an association of 18 indigenous communities to carry out environmental impact studies for hydroelectric projects El Bala (425MW) and Chepete (3,251MW).

The communities, from the Quiquibey, Beni and Tuichi rivers in departments La Paz and Beni, oppose the projects, according to local press.

President Evo Morales has said he may hold a referendum due to opposition to the planned hydroelectric plants.