09 Apr '12, 1pm

Chile Looks to Renewables as Its Grid Falters

However, if one area could prove a stumbling block in the country’s drive to become a fully-fledged developed nation, some fear it could be in meeting its energy needs. In September 2011 around 10 million Chileans — of a population of less than 17 million — found themselves in darkness due to a blackout, which paralysed the country’s copper mines and brought the capital Santiago grinding to a halt. Power was restored within hours but politicians have struggled to mask the fact that the power cut was a worrying sign of the questions looming large about Chile’s energy future. Overdependence on hydroelectric sources, which account for 40 percent of Chile’s electricity, with almost all the rest coming from imported fossil fuels, has led to drought-related power shortages, a situation exacerbated by Argentina cutting gas exports. Furthermore, according to Business Monitor Inter...

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