Chile govt proposes 70% renewables share by 2050

SeeNews Renewables — An electricity mix with a renewable energy share of at least 70% is among the goals of a road map for Chile’s energy sector to 2050, presented by the government on Tuesday.

The guidelines put a priority on solar and wind energy complemented with new hydroelectric projects with capacity for regulation. Based on technical analyses, the document states that a mix with high integration of these energy sources has low emissions and is consistent with competitive costs, using today’s technology. These priorities do not discard the gradual integration of other renewable sources emerging in the country, such as geothermal, biomass and marine energy.

Consumers are given a more active role involving energy management, concern with the impact of energy and participation in power production.

In the field of clean fuels, the framework foresees low or zero emissions for all new cars, public transport in areas with depollution plans and cargo vehicles by 2050.

Given the importance of the road map for the energy policy, the committee that worked on the guidelines is proposing annual monitoring and a review of the policy every five years.

In August, Chile had 2,264 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in operation, equal to 11.27% of the total capacity, and new 78 MW in tests, according to its official sources.

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