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For the first time, wind and solar energy overtake coal in Chile

For the first time, wind and solar generated more of Chile’s electricity than coal over an entire 12-month period, from August 2021 to September 2022, shows a report produced by EMBER in partnership with Chile Sustentable and ACERA, la Asociación Chilena de Energías Renovables y Almacenamiento. 3 main points: 01: Solar and wind generated 27.5% of Chile’s electricity over the 12 months from October 2021 to September 2022, they are the largest source of electricity, overtaking coal power (26.5%), then hydro (21.8%) and gas (18.9%). The increase in wind and solar generation meant that fossil fuels generated less than half of Chile’s electricity in the last 12 months; which is the first time this has happened since 2007. Before that, Chile’s electricity system was dominated by hydro and gas, before coal became the predominant fuel used to cover new electricity demand. 02: Wind and solar doubled since 2018: In just three years, Chile’s solar and wind electricity generation doubled from 9 TWh (12%) in 2018 to 18 TWh (22%) in 2021. 03: Demand grows, but emissions do not: Since 2016, Chile’s rise in electricity demand has been met entirely by wind and solar. Annual emissions dropped by 6% from 2016 to 2021, despite overall electricity demand rising 11% in the same period Chile’s rapid transition from coal power to wind and solar while growing its electricity demand provides inspiration for other emerging economies according to EMBER. https://ember-climate.org/insights/research/wind-and-solar-overtake-coal-in-chile/ .

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  • Peter Kamau

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    Impressive override. It however not ought to be a competition but an overhaul transition to renewable energy moving forward.

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    • Ken Tobin

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      Congrats Chile!!!

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    • Edwin wangombe

      30 w

      This shows that we can depend on green renewable energy comfortably

      • Anette Nordvall

        30 w

        Exciting shift

        • Anette Nordvall

          30 w

          Exciting shift!

          • Tabitha Kimani

            30 w

            Yes we can. It can be done.

            • Gorffly mokua

              30 w

              This gives hope & inspiration..

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