Chilean authorities agree to develop biomass-based power projects
(ADPnews) - Dec 7, 2010 - Chile's energy and agriculture ministries and the state's National Forestry Corp (Conaf) signed an agreement yesterday to design and develop power projects using biomass from forest plantations and natural forests.
The initiative will stimulate the afforestation and the sustainable management of natural forests, especially among smaller forest owners, Agriculture Minister, Jose Antonio Galilea, said.
The government wants the private firms to participate in the projects, Galilea added.
Currently, nearly 4.3 million ha (10.6 million acres) of natural forests in Chile are seen as potentially productive.
Chile targets to produce 20% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.
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