Interim government promoting sustainable energy

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Peru's interim government will promote the use of all energy sources that are environmentally and economically competitive, energy minister Carlos Herrera said in January. Speaking at the steering committee that will set the agenda of the Hemispheric Energy Conference in Mexico City this month, Herrera said: "Reaching sustainable development based on energy resources within Peruvian territory, in conditions compatible with the national interest, is one of Peru's objectives." The mines and energy ministry is preparing market studies for wind power potential, which it will present in some three or four months, says the ministry's Waldo Carrion. Lack of resources has restricted renewables development to date, he adds. Whether Herrera's comments will help kick start the development potential remains to be seen in a country that has just come out of ten years of government by President Fujimori into an uncertain future.

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