Green power hitting some snags in Peru


Green energy proponents say Peru is dragging its feet on alternatives to fossil fuel by limiting the amount of wind energy it will allow into the country’s electricity grid. Government officials argue a low ceiling is needed until the grid is given more capacity and flexibility; but some experts say the debate reflects a shortsighted emphasis by the Energy and Mines Ministry on hydropower over other forms of renewable energy. A 2008 law calls for 5% of Peru’s energy to be generated from renewable sources, not including the large hydroelectric plants that currently provide some 47% of the country’s electricity. With demand projected to grow by about 7% annually through 2015, the required output for renewables will increase steadily. Bidding on wind and small hydroelectric... [Log in to read more]

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