Chile extends economic aid to families to September

President Piñera approved a law to give families the economic aid to alleviate the impact of the pandemic until September. This will reach 100% of those registered in the Social Registry of Households (RSH) and will benefit 15.1 million people. A one-person household will be paid $177,000, a 3-person household will receive $400,000 and a 4-person household will get $500,000. This is from June to August. In September, beneficiaries will receive 50% of the amount.

Chile proposes a high seas MPA on the Salas and Gomez and Nazca ridges

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 secures environment approval for wind farm transmission lines in Chile

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 renewables share at 23% in April

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.

Chile leveraging blockchain for green copper

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.