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Chile launches 'sustainable hydroelectricity' platform

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Chile launches 'sustainable hydroelectricity' platform

Chile's energy ministry launched an online platform for citizens to access information about hydroelectric development in the country.

Called Hidroelectricidad Sustentable (sustainable hydroelectricity), the platform's main purpose is to publish information from a study on the power generating potential of 12 river basins in Chile's central-southern zone.

The study found that those basins have 11GW of hydroelectric potential, in addition to 5GW of potential in the region of Aysén (XI).

A more in-depth study is currently underway of seven of the 12 basins found to contain most of the energy potential.

The ministry has repeatedly cited a need for Chile to take advantage of its hydropower resources, in order to reduce energy prices and greenhouse gas emissions.

The ministry has stated a goal of adding 100 new mini-hydropower plants with installed capacity of under 20MW each by 2018, the end of President Michelle Bachelet's term in office.

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