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Chile's northern grid can receive 1.5 GW of renewables - report

November 25 (SeeNews) - Chile's northern system could receive up to 1,500 MW of renewable power without upgrading its expansion plan if the projects are located near the consumption centres, director of planning Juan Araneda said on Monday, quoted by Revista Electricidad.

The operator CDEC-SING has recommended transmission projects worth a total USD 184 million (EUR 173.5m) to the National Energy Commission, CNE, for the next years. Araneda also recommends an automatic control system for northern Chile.

At the end of 2015, CDEC-SING will present a study on the integration of renewable energy, with analyses of the annual operation, the quality of supply and the capacity of the substations for additional renewable power.

As of October, the northern system has 199 MW of installed renewable energy in operation, including solar photovoltaic parks with a 47% share, wind farms with 45% and mini hydro plants with 8%.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.943)

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