Argentina has declared 2017 as the ‘Renewable Energy Year’ as the South American country looks to increase awareness about the advantage of renewable energy and the important of sustainability.
Chile is forecast add 1.5GW of new renewable energy capacity in 2017, according to Carlos Finat, the executive director of Chile’s renewable energy association, ACERA.
In a few short years, Uruguay’s wind energy industry was completely transformed — a feat that nearly every developed country around the world would need to replicate if we are to meet the global warming limits of less than two degrees Celsius set at last year’s COP21 conference in Paris.
Ninety-eight percent of Uruguay’s electricity so far this year has come from sources of renewable energy, the president of the state-run electric company UTE, said recently.
Central America, a place of abundant wind and sunshine, is still chained to thermal power and large-scale hydroelectricity and has failed to include local communities in clean, environmentally-friendly and less invasive projects.
The states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais must save water, she said after an emergency meeting in the capital Brasilia.
The feces of pigs and cows is no longer just a smelly waste. Now it is possible to generate electricity with it and incidentally reduce pollution generated by manure, doing farm work friendlier to the environment.
Uruguay’s government said hat 84 per cent of its energy last year came from renewable sources. The small South American country has been pushing for an energy diversification policy focused on developing wind and solar energy since 2008.
Argentina’s National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) has invented a way to convert cow flatulence into usable energy, and it involves putting a plastic backpack on a cow.
Several Caribbean nations committed recently to start replacing diesel generators, the most common means of producing electricity on islands, with renewable sources like wind, solar or the earth’s heat.
Despite having an abundance of wind and sunshine, Caribbean countries have found that going green is requiring significant shifts in policy, and most importantly, significant financing. But despite these challenges, they are not daunted.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales he wanted to produce nuclear energy, even though his country is South America’s poorest. “This year, we are going to launch the Bolivian nuclear energy program, for peaceful means,” the longtime leftist president pledged in an address to lawmakers, starting the last year of his current term.
Energy and water security are crucial to human and economic development. The two resources are now more interconnected than ever — significant amounts of water are needed in almost all energy generation processes.
The constant worldwide rise in energy consumption (especially growing demand for fossil fuels to support the movements of people and goods) is a global concern to all governments.
Energy integration efforts in Latin America have been made in fits and starts, even though many clearly understand that the only way to solve the region’s energy shortages and high costs is by working together.