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Argentine water utility AySA seeks to procure renewable energy

Author: Gerry Machen. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

August 14 (Renewables Now) - Argentine public water utility Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos SA (AySA) is looking to procure renewable energy in line with law 27.191 that requires large users to cover a portion of their power consumption with renewables.  

AySA is seeking bids for a base proposal to contract 10 MW of power over 10 years. Alternative offers could be submitted for blocks of 20 MW, 30 MW, 40 MW, 50 MW and 60 MW of power, with contract durations of 2, 5, 15 and 20 years and all possible combinations, according to a document setting out the terms and conditions of the tender that has been shared on social media by the Subsecretariat of Renewable Energy.

Law 27.191 sets a target for the country to gradually reach 20% renewable energy share in its electricity consumption by 2025. Large users with power demands equivalent to 300 kW or more should individually meet the targets of the law and can buy energy directly from renewable generation sources or generate the power themselves.  

Based on data by Argentina's wholesale electric market management company CAMMESA, different operations of AySA that rank as large users, and thus have to procure renewable energy, had a total electricity demand of 578,024 MWh last year, representing an average capacity of 66 MW.

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