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Wind Power Present, Not Prodigious in Chile’s Energy Market

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Title: Wind Power Present, Not Prodigious in Chile’s Energy Market
Author: Witte-Lebhar, Benjamin
Subject(s): South America
Chile
Coquimbo
Talinay
energy
power
development
wind
coal
electricity
environmental
non-conventional
hydro
electric
plant
green
thermo
matrix
Global Wind Energy Council
GWEC
Abstract: Little by little, Chile is plugging wind power into its otherwise conventional electricity grid. So far, however, the sector’s contribution to the overall electricity supply remains minimal, leading some analysts to question whether the country’s private energy providers are really ready to welcome the proverbial winds of change. Chile added the latest piece of its power puzzle this past February, when French multinational GDF Suez cut the ribbon on five new generators for its Monte Redondo wind park in the Coquimbo Region, roughly 325 km north of Santiago. With the expansion, Monte Redondo now boasts an installed capacity of 48 megawatts. GDF Suez, the world’s largest utility, is Chile’s fourth-leading electricity provider after Italian-owned Endesa; AES Gener, a US firm; and Colbún, a Chilean company. Together the four companies control more than 75% of the country’s total power supply, estimated at roughly 15,700 MW.
Date: 2011-05-04
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12580

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