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Chile, US partners on transformer efficiency drive

Bnamericas Published: Monday, February 02, 2015

Energy efficiency-focused nonprofit CLASP and the US government will collaborate with Chile's energy ministry to design efficiency policies for distribution transformers in the South American country.

Distribution transformers are responsible for lowering the voltage of power conducted through power lines to a level that is safe to use in a home or business.

"A certain amount of power is typically lost during transfer. Inefficiently designed distribution transformers, therefore, can result in high energy losses and increased costs for both consumers and distribution companies," Washington DC-based CLASP said in a release.

The group cited a goal laid out in Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's 2014-18 energy agenda to reduce national power consumption 20% by 2025 through efficiency measures.

To help meet this goal, Chile's energy ministry plans to submit an energy efficiency bill to the national congress this year.

Chile launched an appliance energy efficiency program in 2005, CLASP said, which has resulted in energy efficiency labels for more than 25 products.

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