Argentina putting tidal-power toe in water


Two buoys with sensors to monitor tides and ocean currents have been placed in the waters of Argentina’s southern province of Santa Cruz, the first step in a government project to gauge tidal energy potential along the southern Patagonian coast. The project, which involves the collaboration of scientists from various institutions and the state-owned oil company, YPF, reflects growing consensus here that Argentina needs to do more to develop alternative energy sources. The country currently gets 66% of its electricity from fossil-fuel-fired plants, 29% from hydroelectric stations, 4% from nuclear-energy plants and roughly 1% from alternatives sources such as wind, solar and small-scale hydroelectric, according to government figures. National legislation passed in 2006 calls for alternative sources to contribute 8... [Log in to read more]

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