Roundup: Bolivian subsidies, Guyana hydro, Uruguay transmission

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Bolivian power rates subsidy Tarifa Dignidad, created in 2006, benefitted 985,000 users through this June or 49% of consumers with savings of over 449mn bolivianos (US$65mn).

The program, which provides a 25% discount for residents who consume up to 70kWh/month, saved these clients 35.9mn bolivianos in the first half, according to the hydrocarbons and energy ministry's power and alternative energies department.

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Guyana President Donald Ramotar announced his administration is working to bring back the Amaila Falls hydroelectric project.

"We are very close to taking a decision on what direction we should go to put back Amaila on stream and so far, the IDB seems to be still onboard in working with us to get this project moving, so it is not dead," government information agency GINA quoted Ramotar as saying.

Last year, Sithe Global Power/Blackstone withdrew from the project.

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Uruguay's state power company UTE put into service the 150kV La Plata substation in Lavalleja department that will connect the 42MW Minas wind farm to the national grid.