Minister voices concern over capacity shortfall in Chile

Chile’s minister of Energy, Jorge Bunster, has expressed his concern over the current progress of the country’s energy development plans.

El Mercurio reports that hydro, wind, solar and thermoelectric projects under construction will add 2400 MW but Bunster said that Chile requires 4000 MW to guarantee meeting the growing energy demand.

According to according to think tank Libertad y Desarrollo, there is close to 9000 MW stalled despite having all the necessary environmental permissions.

The government wants to accelerate the development of its electricity sector, but there is concern that this year’s presidential elections could further delay plans.

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