Peru thinks hard about wind development

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Peru's mines and energy ministry will this year finish studies into the use of wind power as an alternative generation source, along with biomass, solar and geothermal power. "We want to use all generation sources available," a ministry source says. Peru is sitting on immense natural gas reserves at Camisea, which once developed are expected to sharply reduce power prices. "But that's still some time in the future," the source says, "and would be very expensive to take to small isolated villages." Once the studies are complete, the ministry will evaluate how to finance further renewables projects and will consider private capital, state funding or a combination of the two. The ministry has developed two pilot wind projects so far, 250 kW at Malabrigo in northern La Libertad department and a 450 kW project at San Juan de Marcona in southern Ica department. Both are on the coast and the ministry undertook wind studies, construction and operation, although it has since then transferred operations to Adinelsa, the state company that administers all the ministry's development projects. If the ministry decides to expand its use of wind energy, it will invite bids from the private sector to undertake wind speed studies and site selection. By next year or the year after the government could be developing some of the projects currently under consideration.

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