Electric Power: The week in 10 stories

Friday, August 31, 2018

The opening of the 99MW La Castellana wind farm in Buenos Aires province marked the official entry of Argentina's Central Puerto as a player in the country's renewable energy market.


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Newly appointed agriculture and marine resources minister Michael Pintard reviewed a proposal from Dunlap Petroleum to build a 24MW plant in Spring City, Abaco, that would be fired by elephant grass.


Eleven companies submitted prequalification documents to provide integrated services for the drilling of deep geothermal wells as part of Bolivia's Laguna Colorada project.


Oliveira Energia and Energisa committed to investments of at least 1.5bn reais (US$360mn) in the three Eletrobras distribution subsidiaries they bought in an auction.


Acciona will supply 100% renewable electricity to LATAM Airlines' two main facilities at Arturo Merino Benítez airport in capital Santiago.


The multibillion-dollar Hidroituango dam project will be delayed by at least three years as efforts continue to repair damage caused by a series of landslides.


Authorities granted additional time for Panamá NG Power to close financing for the 670MW natural gas-fired Telfers project in Colón province.


Public works minister Arnoldo Wiens proposed the creation of a work group to look at the role of renewable energy.


Brazil, Mexico and Panama boast the lowest investment costs for wind power projects in Latin America, while El Salvador and the Dominican Republic have the highest, according to BNamericas data.


Finally, Venezuelan capital Caracas was hit by its second blackout in 24 hours as authorities scrambled to restore transport and telecommunication services.