Hydro gives way to gas and renewables in Lat Am

The share of hydropower in Latin America’s power mix has fallen, clearing the way for gas and renewables
By Chris Noon 30 August 2017

Gas and non-hydropower renewables are the fastest-growing energy sources for power generation in Latin America, according to a report released last week by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Gas accounted for 23% of the region’s total primary energy supply (TPES) in 2013 compared with a 21% global average. The share of bioenergy has decreased since 1990 but still accounted for 16% of Latin America’s TPES in 2013. Hydropower remained constant at 8% of TPES – four times higher than the...

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