Electric Power Auction in Chile 2016: Lower prices and more renewables

| January 10, 2017

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The Government of Chile has just held its largest ever electric power auction that resulted in a significant reduction of electricity prices. Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Sources played a major role at the auction, to which over half of the energy that was opened to tender was awarded, and that are vital in the Energy Agenda of the Andean country.

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