Latin America power roundup

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Monday, February 27, 2017

The Chilean municipality of San Fabián, in the southern region of Biobío, filed a claim on behalf of residents with a local environmental court requesting that environmental evaluation service SEA carry out an assessment of a modification to the 136MW Ñuble run-of-the-river project .

Hidroñuble presented the modification to the SEA last year to increase the intervention area to 130ha from 54ha to build the water supply channel.

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"Despite the arguments presented by the municipality, SEA said an environmental evaluation of the modifications was not necessary," the municipal government said in a statement.

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The energy environmental affairs office (DGAAE) of Peru's energy and mines ministry approved Consorcio Transmantaro's (CTM) detailed EIS for transmission project Friaspata-Mollepata.

Approval does not constitute the granting of other authorizations or permits that CTM must secure, according to the resolution detailing the DGAAE approval.

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Central American integration system SICA is in the preparation phase to create a fund for the sub-region to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The news followed a workshop at Nicaragua's energy and mines ministry, the country's government reported.