Bolivia exporting electricity throughout South America

Route 4 to Sajama, Bolivia (source: flickr/ Maxime Felder, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas 21 Aug 2015

Bolivia wants to make huge investments in renewables and be the leading exporter of energy in South America.

Chile will be part of the Bolivian export market power comprising Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Peru, said the Bolivian vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera.

According to Mr Linera, the export market for electricity is large, and it increases more every year. The country exports to Brazil, Argentina, southern Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay and at some point it will also be exporting to Chile, he mentioned at the opening of the Seventh International Congress on Gas and Energy in Santa Cruz.

The Vice President recalled that President Evo Morales instructed to prioritize investments in the electricity sector for the construction of new hydroelectric, geothermal plants and wind power projects to generate about 4200 megawatts (MW) by 2020, were 2500 MW will be allocated for export to the aforementioned countries.

“Two years ago we took seriously this project to step up investments in all areas to produce more electricity and we will fulfill our promises” he sated at the Plurinational Legislative Assembly. García Linera also explained that currently Brazil and Argentina are the main recipients of the energy generated in Bolivia.

Source: Prensa Latina