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A mañana potential

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The lure of Latin America has long attracted the wind industry. The region has vast wind resources, an expanding economy, and a dire need for more electricity. This we are told about by enthusiastic representatives of fledgling renewable energy organisations throughout Latin America, from Mexico and the Caribbean, through Cuba and Central America, to Brazil and Argentina. A handful of demonstration wind projects are up and running, such as this wind farm in Mexico, and some 1700 MW is predicted for development. But the reality of getting projects in the ground reveals a market so fragmented by political and economic uncertainty that it will take a brave investor to turn mañana into today.

See Also pp 30-34.

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