Chile’s outgoing president Sebastian Pinera has strongly defended the energy policies implemented during his term of office.

Pinera said that the power stations opened while he has been president totalled 4200 MW of installed capacity, which represents “almost 50 per cent more than the goals achieved under the former government”. His comments were made in an interview with El Mercurio.

In addition, he added that projects under construction, such as the Los Vientos wind farm and both cola-based and hydro power plants, including Alto Maipo, Angostura and Cochrane, will add another 2000 MW of capacity.

He also said that his government had tripled the annual rate of projects achieving environmental approval.

Pinera also highlighted the move towards the greater interconnection of Chile’s energy system as another of his government achievements.

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