Argentina sets renewable generation record at 24.1%

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Argentina’s non-conventional renewable energy generation has set a record, according to wholesale power market administrator Cammesa.

Small hydroelectric, bioenergy, solar PV and wind plants met 24.1% of grid demand, providing 3,535 MW, beating the previous record of 23.3%, set in December 2020. Small hydroelectric plants accounted for 107 MW, bioenergy 110 MW, solar PV 551 MW and wind 2,767 MW.

Total renewables installed capacity stands at 4,639 MW. Wind accounts for 3,130 MW, solar PV 761 MW, bioenergy 248 MW and small hydroelectric 500 MW.

Cammesa also said in a planning report that 438 MW of associated capacity was due to come online by October 2021. Of the total, wind accounts for 194 MW, solar 201 MW, bioenergy 41 MW and hydroelectricity 2 MW.

This year, authorities began to cancel renewable energy projects that have been paralyzed because of the country’s long-running financial crisis. After 15 months of uncertainty, the energy department decided to cancel the contracts awarded in the RenovAr 3 (MiniRen) tender that the companies had not yet signed with Cammesa.

In other news, four companies were recently authorized to enter the electric power market: biomass generator MM Bioenergía (Misiones province), small hydro generators Liuco Energía (Mendoza province) and Epec Cruz del Eje (Córdoba province), and thermoelectric generator Genneia (Buenos Aires province).

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