Electric Power: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, November 10, 2017

BOLIVIA

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State electricity company Ende is moving ahead with power supply infrastructure for the long-delayed US$900mn state lithium project, a senior government official said.

BRAZIL

The council for the national partnerships and investments program (PPI) approved the privatization model for state-run power company Eletrobras's energy distributors.

The federal holding reported a sharp decline in second quarter earnings, impacted by costs related to its voluntary redundancy program.

CHILE

The country is seeing investment in energy projects slacken off after the sector saw large volumes disbursed in 2015.

COLOMBIA

The developer of a public lighting project in Colombia's Norte de Santander department will be exempt from value-added tax.

Elsewhere in Colombia, utility Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) - which provides water, electricity and gas services to the Antioquia department - became entangled in the Paradise Papers leak, which exposed secretive tax havens of public figures and companies.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Twelve power projects are scheduled to come online in the Dominican Republic in the coming years, adding an estimated 1,192MW to the country's generation park.

HONDURAS

Eighteen of 31 companies that purchased bidding rules submitted offers for a combined 1,129MW in Honduran state power company Enee's call to supply 820MW.

REGIONAL

Acciona Energía sees its renewable energy capacity in Latin America more than doubling to over 2GW by 2020, the company said.

VENEZUELA

The government has ordered the armed forces to create a plan to protect the country's public services from alleged attacks by political opponents.

In a televised speech, President Nicolás Maduro blamed "paramilitaries and terrorists" for sabotaging power and water services.