Chile transmission projects up for review

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chile's Atacama region (III) environmental evaluation commission will examine on April 24 the US$59.6mn, 2x220kV Nueva Diego de Almagro-Cumbres transmission line planned by Celeo Redes, the local subsidiary of Spain's Elecnor.

Lagos region (X) authorities, meanwhile, will discuss the US$41mn, 220kV Chiloé-Gamboa line under development by Saesa.

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Also from Chile, a group of energy experts from the public and private sectors, and from academia, concluded the diagnostic phase of a collaborative process to draft a new power distribution law.

The group concluded that Chile's current regulatory model for distribution is "incompatible with the development of energy efficiency and cogeneration," and has actually impeded both, according to a statement from national energy commission CNE.

The group also found that the current framework does not allow Chile to fully take advantage of new trends and technologies such as distributed generation, energy storage and electric vehicles.

CNE is aiming to submit a new power distribution bill to legislators by year-end.