Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Chile: Geothermal Energy Helping Mines to Use Less Fossil Fuels

These Massive Renewable Energy Projects Are Powering Chilean Mines (Bloomberg L.P.)

A surge in solar, geothermal, and wind development is helping to wean the industry off imported fossil fuels.

Cerro Pabellón, a joint venture between Enel Green Power and Empresa Nacional del Petróleo, is a geothermal facility 4,500 meters above sea level delivering electricity to northern Chile. PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMEY STILLINGS
Mines represent about a third of Chile’s overall power usage, and electricity and fuel costs combined to make up 11 percent of total mining costs for the country’s 21 largest mines in 2017.

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