Concern over future of renewables in Peru

Peru continues to rely too heavily on gas and oil to generate its electricity, with renewable energy production falling behind. So says Antonio Brack, it former environment minister.

His warning follows predictions that power demand in the country will grow 8 per cent on an annually basis.

Currently, Peru derives 28 per cent of its total energy from renewable sources, primarily hydro and biomass, but there are plans to put more emphasis on the development of renewable sources.

Last year, the South American nation gave the green light to projects such as wind farms and hydroelectric dams, plus the exploitation of geothermal resources.

Authorities hope that 66 per cent of Peru’s electricity will come from renewable energy resources by 2040.

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