Capacidad instalada ERNC 2012 anotó su mayor salto de los últimos años
A total of 165 MW obtained from Non-Conventional Renewable Energy (NCRE) sources were added to the grid during 2012, reaching a cumulative total of 876 MW connected to the main systems. This represents an increase of 23% in the NCRE power grid compared to the previous year. Including isolated wind and solar projects, it comes to a total installed capacity of 881 MW, according to the NCRE Report published by the Renewable Energy Center (CER) of the Chilean Ministry of Energy.
The 2012 Report shows the results of the evolution of Chile’s NCRE market in the past year, based on statistics related to milestones and relevant numbers in the field, using information provided by CER, as well as the National Energy Commission (CNE), the Load Economic Dispatch Center (CDEC) and the Environmental Evaluation Service (SEA).
According to the analysis, this increase in NCRE installed capacity was mainly due to the addition of biomass plants.
2012 NCRE Generation
Regarding generation, the report indicates that 3,158 GWh were injected during 2012, 4.82% of the total generation of the main systems. “This increase is due to the record introduction of capacity in operating plants. Of the total production, one can observe a larger contribution of biomass plants, which reached 50% of the NCRE generation, followed by 38% in hydropower production, as well as a contribution of 12% from wind power”, states the Report.
Maria Paz De La Cruz, CER’s Chief Executive, explained that these numbers show an improvement, as well as a gradual consolidation of renewable sources in the power grid. “What this is telling us is that Chile is taking the task of diversifying the power grid very seriously and that there is sustained advancement towards the inclusion of clean energies”, said the Director.
The Law’s Impact
As for compliance with Law N° 20257, the CER report concludes that “NCRE generation has shown a sustained growth since the law came into force”. Regarding the NCRE generation obligation included in supply contracts since 2007, Maria Paz De La Cruz stated that this is the third year running in which the legal limit of 5% has been surpassed, reaching 7.2% in 2012.
Concerning NCRE generation during 2012, CER explains that “it is the largest registered increase since the law came into force. The last sizable jump was registered in 2008, when generation outdid the 1,113 GWh produced in 2007 by 34%”.
The CER’s director affirmed that the addition of power plants and the renewal of contracts have accounted for the increase in the number of projects recognised by Law N° 20257. “When referring to the NCRE generation directly subjected to the law, the recognised production in 2010 was 57.2%, while in 2012 that number climbed to 71%”, said De La Cruz.
Regarding upcoming projects, the CER Report states that “In 2012, 6,169 MW in projects were submitted to the Environmental Impact Evaluation System (SEIA), ending the year with a potential portfolio of 10,328 MW”.
For further information, please download the CER Report 2012.