Chile's head of energy and mining ministries announced that non-conventional renewable energy sources (NCRES) will account for 40% of its energy matrix by 2030. In the coming weeks, the government will submit to Congress a bill that seeks to double the national electric system's proportion of NCRES, from 20% to 40% by the end of 2030.
LATAM Airlines Group said that it had sought to extend the deadline to present its restructuring plan as part of the bankruptcy protection process initiated in 2020 until September. LATAM filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States in May of last year, hammered by the world travel crisis generated by COVID-19. A judge had previously ordered the company deliver its restructuring plan by the end of June, and the company has said it hopes to wrap up the process in 2021.
With more than 41% of its waters already covered by marine protected areas (MPAs), Chile has proposed creating a high seas MPA on the Salas and Gomez and Nazca ridges. The idea was introduced by President Sebastián Piñera at the virtual climate summit held by US President Joe Biden in April. Piñera said “it’s not enough” to protect only national waters, especially considering the global call to protect 30 percent of the ocean by 2030.
Chile’s renewable energy systems injected 1,498 GWh of power into the mix in April, up by 27.3% year-on-year, according to Chilean energy commission CNE. Chile's renewables share decreased to 23%. The total power production in Chile rose by 5.4% year-on-year to 6,516 GWh. In month-on-month terms, the total generation dropped by 6.6%. In April, the total installed capacity of non-conventional renewables crossed the 7-GW milestone to reach 7,173 MW. Renewables now make up 27.8% of Chile’s total installed capacity.
A union of remote workers for BHP's Escondida and Spence copper mines in Chile walked off the job after efforts to ink a labor contract deal with the company's management fell through. The president of the union, Jessica Orellana, called the timetable for the strike "indefinite."
Chile's national electricity coordinator CEN has started a programme called Renova to track each megawatt hour of renewable power from when it's generated until it's consumed. By etching this data into the blockchain, it will ensure end users get the clean power they paid for. The blockchain-based platform will track renewable energy, giving miners in the top copper nation more scope to show their green credentials to buyers.
According to the iCovid Chile Team's report, "a regrowth and an increase in new cases are confirmed during the last two weeks. At national level, this week there have been 30 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants." The report also shows that the occupation of ICU beds has increased from 92.7% to 93.2% at national level.
The Chile-California Energy Alliance on energy transition, convened by the Chile California Council (CCC) and the Chilean Ministry of Energy, was successfully launched with the participation of representatives from different divisions of the Ministry. The aim of the event, which will last four months with monthly working meetings, is to analyse the various strategies and best practices that can be transferred between the two countries. The aim is then to put them into practice, enabling a successful energy transition process for both countries.
In March, 22.4% of workers carried out work remotely or under the modality of teleworking. This type of work is concentrated among workers in the Information and Communications (81.8%), Education (75.9%), Electricity and Gas Supply (51.5%) and Financial and Insurance Activities (49.6%) sectors. This is according to the complementary bulletin COVID-19 of the Remuneration and Labour Cost Survey, from December 2020-March 2021, published by the National Institute of Statistics.
94% of Chileans have bought a product or service online in the last 6 months, according to a study (Radiography of eCommerce) prepared by by GfK and Mercado Libre. This is 11 percentage points higher when compared to the results of the same study in 2019. People between the ages of 25-36 and those between the ages of 45-64 are the ones who most acquire products or services through the internet.