Thermal power tops hydro in Chile

According to official figures, Chile’s production of thermal energy has surpassed that of hydropower for the first time, according to a local news report.
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Electricity generated by coal, natural gas and diesel represented 50 per cent of the generation mix on the country’s Central Interconnection System (SIC), while hydroelectric power totaled 48 per cent.
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The SIC system provides electricity to 94 per cent of the country’s population.
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Experts believe the rise in the contribution from thermal power is due to the recent severe drought experienced by Chile.
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According to Noticias Financieras, 2010 was the country’s driest year since records began.
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