More Latin America Power Generation News

1,087 MW hydroelectric power plant unveiled in Brazil


Tractebel Energia, a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ has unveiled a 1,087MW hydroelectric power plant at Estreito in Brazil.

Solar power offers huge potential to Mexico


Mexico’s entire energy demand could be met if it was able to harness a mere 4 per cent of its potential to generate electricity from the sun. This is according to Carlota de las Mercedes Cagigas Castello of the Energy Secretariat.

Chinese investment sought for Argentina's power sector


Argentina is seeking new investment partners to fund the exploitation of its natural energy resources and in particular is looking outside its borders. President Fernandez de Kirchner believes that China is a key target in this regard, and recent meetings between the minister of Federal Planning Julio de Vido and two Chinese companies are evidence of Kirchner's intentions.

Brazil’s Aneel approves operation of two hydro units


Aneel, the regulator of the Brazilian power sector, has cleared for commercial operation two generation units, with combined capacity of 3.6 MW, at the Sao Sebastiao hydropower plant.

Anti nuclear trend bucked in UK, China, India and US


A new poll has found that while nuclear energy remains the least popular form of electricity generation on a global scale, there are several countries that are firmly bucking the anti-atomic trend.

Mexico’s Baja California to auction 50 MW wind project


The state of Baja California in Mexico is getting ready to invite bidders for a 50 MW wind power project in the coming months, with construction to start next year.

New wind power blade manufacturing facility for Brazil


Danish wind component manufacturer LM Wind Power is to construct a new blade manufacturing facility in Brazil, expanding its presence in the Americas.

Massive hydro project stalled in Brazil


Norte Energia has stopped operations at the Belo Monte HEP dam site in Brazil because of security reasons.

Rurelec building 40 MW gas-fired plant in Chile


Rurelec has started constructing the Termonor power station in Chile, following the recent award of full environmental approval for the 40 MW, natural gas-fuelled power project in Arica.

Omega Energia’s multi-million dollar investment in Brazil


Omega Energia Renovavel, a Brazilian renewable energy company, plans to invest around $444m in projects up to 2014.

Vestas seals wind power dominance in Latin America


Vestas of Denmark, a major wind turbine OEM, is set to become the largest manufacturer and operator of wind power capacity in the Latin American region.

Argentina looks to Chinese investors to build hydro plants


Argentina is looking to China for help fund the construction of two new large-scale hydroelectric complexes in the country.

$15m wind tower production facility set for Brazil


Alstom s planning to invest $14.8m in a wind tower manufacturing facility in the Rio Grande do Sul region of Brazil.

Chilean power firm revises cost of El Pinar hydro project


Aaktei Energia, a Chilean power company, has revised the estimated investment in its 11.5 MW El Pinar run-of-river project to $ 23.4m, reports say, citing a recently published environmental impact declaration.

European companies attracted by Brazil's wind potential


Spanish and Portuguese companies are reportedly considering wind investment opportunities in Brazil following forecasts that its renewable sector is expected to grow by 29 per cent by 2016.

$347m wind turbine deal in Brazil


Brazilian infrastructure group Queiroz Galvao has commissioned Alstom to supply $347m worth of wind turbines for two wind power projects in northeast Brazil.

Martifer Solar to build 20 MW PV plant in Mexico


Portugal’s Martifer Solar is to build a 20 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Hermosillo, Sonora in Mexico, for Consortium Sonora80M Integrator.

Gamesa to install over 250 MW of wind capacity for Eletrobras


Spain’s Gamesa is to install 129 wind turbines in Brazil after signing an agreement with major power utility, Eletrobras, which has a current market share of over 36 per cent in power generation in the country.

Costa Rica’s ICE to promote geothermal power


Costa Rica's state energy company ICE has said it will conduct a study to promote the use of geothermal energy as a way to compensate for the unreliable generation from its hydropower facilities, a result of changing rainfall patterns.

Large hydro plant gets green light for black start system


Brazil's power sector watchdog Aneel has approved the installation of a black-start, diesel-fuelled generator at the 3750 MW Jirau hydroelectric facility.