More Latin America Power Generation News

Feature: Brazil seeks solutions to avert supply crisis


Since the end of 2012 the prospect of energy rationing has threatened Brazil as the government had to face the consequences of a severe drought. The rain shortage took the reservoirs to their lowest level in ten years.So what is Brazil to address this potential shortfall?

Funding allows El Salvador to raise hydropower capacity


El Salvador's Hydropower Executive Commission of the Lempa River has signed an agreement with Upd Consorcio Constructores to increase the output from the Cinco de Noviembre hydro plant.

Mexico to become regional wind leader in Latin America


According to Mexico's Wind Power Association (Amdee), in the next two years the country will receive investments up to $1.4bn, and will reach an installed wind capacity of 2000 MW by 2015, El Economista reports.

Irish energy developer secures finance for 33 MW wind farm in Chile


Irish clean energy developer, Mainstream Renewable Power has raised $70m including a $52m loan from China Development Bank Corp., and commenced building a 33 MW wind farm in southern Chile.

Furnas named host utility for PennWell’s Brazilian events


PennWell Corporation has confirmed Furnas as the 'Host Utility' for this year’s POWER-GEN Brasil, HydroVision Brasil and DistribuTECH Brasil events, which jointly take place in September in Sao Paulo.

ENER-G to build second Mexican biogas power plant


The city council of Durango, in Mexico, has signed an agreement with ENER-G of the UK that will see it build its second biogas power generation facility in Mexico, utilizing waste from the Durango city landfill site.

Chile set to generate 1.5 GW from solar by 2028


Chile's National Energy Commission has confirmed that the country could generate 1.5 GW from photovoltaics in the next 15 years.

Ecuador to see 272 MW of solar projects on line by 2015


At the moment, renewable energy only makes up 6 per cent of Ecuador's electricity production. However, the National Electric Council (Conelec) is now promoting clean energy projects, especially those involving photovoltaics.

Argentina saves $70m in fuel thanks to Patagonian wind farm


Located in the south of Argentina, the Rawson wind farm, has reportedly added over 280 GWh to the country's power production during its first year of commercial operation.

Brazil will avoid power shortages, claims tycoon Batista


Brazil's MPX Energia will soon add 680 MW to the country’s grid with the uprating of two thermoelectric power plants, enabling the government to avoid electricity rationing, says MPX’s billionaire owner Eike Batista.

Argentina’s latest hydro projects go out to tender


The government of Argentina has opened the tendering process to build two hydroelectric power facilities in the Southern province of Santa Cruz.

Tractebel acquires seven wind farms in Brazil's Bahia state


GDF Suez's subsidiary Tractebel Energia has acquired seven wind farms that are currently under construction.

Argentina’s Atucha nuclear power plant to operate in June


Argentina’s Atucha II nuclear power plant is schedule to be operational in June according to the country’s federal planning minister.

Brazilian government plays down power shortages


Despite rainfall shortage, the Brazilian government has denied that power rationing may have to be introduced, in an unwelcome reminder of past energy problems.

AES Gener commits to adding 2000 MW of capacity in Chile


Felipe Ceron, general manager of AES Gener, has confirmed his company’s commitment in the coming years to undertake important projects, which are expected to contribute more than 2000 MW to Chile's electricity sector.

Feature: Chile’s grand power plans for 2013 and beyond


Chile's power generation sector is primarily based on hydroelectric dams and thermal power plants. And although this Latin American country also boasts other generation sources, like wind, solar and geothermal power stations, its electricity sector looks set to remain highly dependent on hydropower and coal. Several such projects are set to take centre stage this year.

Aggreko clinches deal to test Brazilian wind farms


Aggreko has been chosen by one of the largest independent renewable power generation companies in Brazil to conduct performance tests at the Morro do Ventos wind farms in the northeast of the country.

Peru green lights feasibility studies for 150 MW hydro project


The Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines has given permission to Empresa de Generacion Electrica Apurimac (Emgeasa) to conduct feasibility studies into a new hydroelectric power facility.

Duke Energy stengthens position in Chile’s lucrative power market


The recent acquisition of Iberoamericana de Energía Ibener SA (Ibener), sees Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) of the US further strengthen its presence in the Latin American electricity market.

Bolivian government seizes Iberdrola businesses


Under orders from the president, Evo Morales, Bolivia has nationalised two electricity distribution companies belonging to Spanish utility Iberdrola.