The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.

Latin America Report: Environmental Concerns Surface

Many regions in Latin America are struggling to build thriving economies on top of an old energy infrastructure. That's why we're seeing such rapid advancement of wind projects, and why we'll likely see the same for solar a bit further down the road. Meanwhile, hydropower continues to expand its lead in the clean energy race.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Brazil, an economic power with serious issues related to its energy needs. There, the government is pushing renewables, mostly to great fanfare. But there’s an environmental issue brewing in many rural places across Latin America where giant projects are running up against local opposition.

One such case is the massive Belo Monte dam, which activists say would destroy forests, uproot villages and kill off certain species of fish. It’s become such a divisive issue that more than a million people have signed a petition calling for an immediate halt to what would become the world’s third largest dam.


 

MORE ON BRAZIL

Power Auction: In Brazil's latest power auction earlier this week — a process in which developers bid for contracts with the country's national electricity agency — more than 80 percent of contracts were for wind projects.

Brazilian Power Struggle: National Geographic takes a look at the vast energy challenges facing Brazil and the steps the nation is taking to meet and stabilize its growing demand.

Competition Keeps Costs Low: Brazilian power-distribution companies contracted 1,211.5 megawatts of new energy capacity to be brought online in 2016, mostly made up of wind-power projects, with some hydroelectric and biomass. The average price for all three types of energy was 102.18 Brazilian reais ($55.50) per megawatt-hour, the second-lowest price at a new energy auction since the current system began in 2004.

Wind Investment: Brazil's National Development Bank says it will put up close to $1 million to help finance the construction of 26 wind energy parks in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte. The new funds bring to 3.3 billion reals ($1.6 million) the bank's financing of wind energy projects this year.


 

IN THE NEWS

Chile Wind Plan: Mainstream Renewable Power has received approval for a 240 MW wind farm near the Chilean city of Calama. In Chile, Mainstream has a package of 12 projects, including 643 MW of wind power and 325 MW of solar power.

A Race With the Sun: Powered by solar, innovative race teams descend the Atacama Desert in Chile for a grueling three-day, 620-mile journey.

Giant Hydro Planned in Mexico: Russian companies are ready to take part in a tender to build the La Parota hydropower plant in Mexico. The future plant's projected capacity is over 800 megawatts.

Solar Park in Peru: In another step toward urban visibility of renewable energy, Lima, Peru inaugurated its first eco park, which will feature solar illumination across its 1,000 square acres.


 

A LOOK AHEAD

Moving In: Opel Solar joins a growing list of companies that are taking a more focused look at the Latin American market.

Hydro Outlook: A yearly U.S. Energy Information Administration takes a broad look at hydropower throughout Central and South America. Here’s a recap.

Energy on the Biggest Stage: From solar panels at soccer venues to sweeping energy efficiency initiatives, Brazil is aiming to make the 2014 World Cup the greenest ever.


 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Solar in 2012

“There will probably be some countries showing the first signs of reaching grid parity – it will make the situation in the market, probably by mid-next year much more attractive for markets that have not been demanding any solar installations so far. I’m specifically thinking of South America and countries like Mexico, Brazil or Chile.”
Arturo Herrero of Jinko Solar


 

HAVE YOUR SAY

If you are an industry expert and would like to be a contributor for RenewableEnergyWorld.com, please contact us at editor@renewableenergyworld.com so we can show you how to get started.


 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Dec. 7-14, 2011 Latin America Report: International Firms Chart Course Into Region
Nov. 30-Dec 7, 2011 Latin America Report: U.S. Bill Would Extend Tariff of Brazilian Ethanol
Nov. 23-30, 2011 Latin America Report: Ready for Explosive Growth

RELATED ARTICLES

Canadian Climate Goals

Canada Announces Weak Climate Target

Danielle Droitsch, NRDC Last week, Canada has announced its contribution to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gases by announcing its post-2020 target. The target announced today is off-track to the 80 percent cut by 2050 they committed to in...
Renewable Energy Stocks

What Drives Alternative Energy Stocks?

Harris Roen, The Roen Financial Report Alternative energy became a serious market player after the turn of the millennium. Since that time, solar, wind, smart grid and other alternative energy stocks have experienced both strong up and down trends. The forces at...
Rooftop Solar Panels

Hypocrisy? While Buffett Champions Renewables, His Company Fights Rooftop Solar

Mark Chediak, Noah Buhayar and Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg Warren Buffett highlights how his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. utilities make massive investments in renewable energy. Meanwhile, in Nevada, the company is fighting a plan that would encourage more residents to use green power.
Japan Microgrid

Born from Disaster: Japan Establishes First Microgrid Community

Junko Movellan, Correspondent Although Japan's Fukushima prefecture is most commonly associated with the 2011 disaster due to the nuclear power melt-down, Miyazaki prefecture, located north of Fukushima, suffered from the largest death toll, close to 10...
Renewable Energy World's network editors help deliver the most comprehensive news coverage of the renewable energy industries. Based in the U.S. and the UK, the team is comprised of editors from Pennwell Corporation's myriad of publications that ...

CURRENT MAGAZINE ISSUE

03/01/2015
Volume 18, Issue 3
file

STAY CONNECTED

To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:

SOCIAL ACTIVITY

Tweet the Editors! @megcichon @jennrunyon

FEATURED PARTNERS



EVENTS

Doing Business in Brazil – in partnership with GWEC, the Global Win...

Brazil is one of the most promising markets for wind energy.  Ranke...

EU PVSEC 2015 (European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition)

The EU PVSEC is the largest international Conference for Photovoltaic re...

Energy Security: Opportunity Power with the Sunny Boy Secure Power ...

Wouldn’t it be great to have a grid-tied inverter that could still...

COMPANY BLOGS

EU PVSEC 2014 extends its Scope

Added focus on application and policy topicsAbstracts for conference con...

EU PVSEC 2014: Call for Papers Receives Great Response

More than 1,500 contributions apply for presentation in AmsterdamScienti...

How GreenLancer Streamlines the Solar Design Process

Post originally appeared on the GreenLancer Blog by Ardelia Lee Cr...

NEWSLETTERS

Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now  

 

FEATURED PARTNERS