A case of ample wind, but too few turbines


For alternative-energy advocates in Argentina, wind rightly ranks high on the list of potential power sources. The strength and consistency of winds in Patagonia and other locations in the country give Argentina abundant wind-power reserves. Thus far, however, this potential has gone largely unrealized, a problem that has given rise to growing concern among energy specialists as well as environmental organizations. With the country’s production of oil and gas dwindling, many here believe alternative sources, particularly wind power, should be much farther along to help fill the breach. On paper, wind projects by now should be growing at a pace to allow them to generate 8% of the country’s electricity by 2016. Argentina’s Congress passed a law in 1996 setting that deadline. Today... [Log in to read more]

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