Chile Acts to Cut Energy Waste and Boost Hydro Power

14 PUBLIC hospitals in Chile are to be the target for energy saving actions in 2015, all part of a broad energy efficiency drive for the South American state.

The Chilean Energy Ministry have also asked for tenders for the installation of LED street lighting across 40 towns and cities, with a budget of around $60 million.

To help with supply Colbún, one of Chile’s supply utilities, has signed a contract with Russia's Power Machines for the 34MW La Mina hydroelectric plant. The engineering and manufacturing contract is believed to be worth $30 million.

Chile’s Energy Minister Máximo Pacheco said yesterday: "We know that the country needs more electricity plants and we also need more transmission lines – but, above all, the country needs better energy usage.”

Picture of Santiago, Chile, by Metaforico reproduced under CCL.

Wednesday 24th December 2014


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