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.
Statkraft announced that its substation and transmission line project to connect three wind farms in Chile received approval from the O’Higgins region’s environmental agency. Statkraft Chile said it would start construction of three wind power projects totalling 102 MW in the second half of 2021. The company acquired the wind portfolio from Spain’s Torsa Renovables SL. The portfolio consists of the 30-MW Cardonal, the 24.15-MW Manantiales and the 48.3-MW Cerrillos schemes, and is referred to as the Torsa project.
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.
Engie Energia Chile SA has extended its power supply agreement with local copper and gold mining company Minera HMC SA to from 2025 to 2028. The renewed agreement includes contracts for the supply of 100% certified renewable power to the miner's Michilla copper mine and the Tambo de Oro gold mine until December 2028.
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 president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, announced the introduction of "a mobility pass" that would grant "greater freedom and mobility" to the people who completed the vaccination process against COVID-19 and will allow them to make interregional trips in communes in phase two. However, Piñera warned that these measured "must be accompanied by greater responsibility," and urged everyone to continue respecting measures to prevent the spread of the disease. The launch of the "mobility pass" is in line with plans to launch a "green" card and passport in Chile.
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.
Sonnedix and Cox Energy América closed a $120 million financing from Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corporation through the joint venture Sonnedix Cox Energy Chile, on which Sonnedix holds a 70%, while Cox Energy América has the remaining 30%. The financing will cover the IPP’s 160 MW development project Sonnedix Meseta de Los Andes solar PV project, in Chile.