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Chile: The Renewable energy Revolution for sustainable development is EGP Brand

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Chile: The Renewable energy Revolution for sustainable development is EGP Brand

Because of the unique characteristics of the land, Chile offers unique opportunities for the development of all the renewable energy sources. This diversity turns out to be a strength, as the CEO of Enel Green Power, Antonio Cammisecra, recently stressed during his visit to the Latin American country, where EGP is the leading operator in renewable energy, with 4.7 GW of installed power.
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High-altitude deserts, soaring peaks and the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. Over 4,300 kilometres long, Chile is a mix of different climates and energies that Enel Green Power has grown to know and use, with respect for the territory and the environment.

Thanks to its constant care for the contexts where it works, EGP is now the top “green” energy operator in Chile, with 4.7 GW of installed power. This position of leadership has been achieved thanks to a mix of renewable technologies, including hydropower, wind, solar and geothermal, and to the development of innovative and pioneering projects. The best known and most striking example of this is the Cerro Pabellón plant, the first geothermal plant not only in Chile but in all of South America.

All of EGP’s plants in Chile are monitored by a modern control roomrecently inaugurated, which is the only one on the continent to oversee four renewable energy sources all together.

The unique characteristics of the territory and Enel Green Power’s historical presence in Chile were recently highlighted by the CEO of EGP, Antonio Cammisecra who visited some of our plants in the South American country from 10 to 13 September.


Hydropower Energy in the Mountains of the Maule

The Maule River, in the centre of Chile, once marked the southern border of the Incan Empire. Today, its waters, which comprise the Laguna del Maule together with the Melado River, help give shape to one of the largest hydropower complexes in the country. 

“The basin is very important, because of its contribution to both EGP and national hydropower production, so it’s essential to manage it efficiently, keeping costs under control and, even more importantly, running it in total safety. Plus, it’s in a marvellous place, close to the Andes and the Laguna del Maule, a fantastic place; and we must maintain these places as they are, without affecting their equilibrium. We are aware of this and determined to do it.”
Antonio Cammisecra, CEO Enel Green Power 

To the east of the basin, not far from the border with Argentina, there is the Pehuenche plant. With 570 MW of installed power, it provides a sixth of the hydroelectric power in the country from EGP, equal to 3,557 MW.

“This is still a fairly young plant, but I am very satisfied with how things are going here. I could also perceive the strong sense of family the plant’s team has achieved. That’s not to be taken for granted and is a value that should be nurtured, as it helps improve the work of each of us.”
Antonio Cammisecra, CEO Enel Green Power 


The Renewable Energy of Los Cóndores hydropower plant


Also along the Maule River, but further downstream, where the Andes give way to the plains, you can find the construction site for the Los Cóndores hydropower plant. Once completed, the plant will have an installed capacity of 150 MW and will produce 630 GWh each year. Los Cóndores is one of EGP’s most important projects in Chile and, considering the environmental conditions, also one of the most complex. Los Cóndores is built in one of the most delicate places in Chile. This is why EGP has enacted a series of actions to mitigate the impact of its worksite: we’ve safeguarded the local flora and fauna and promoted the cultural sites, an asset returned to everyone.

“Despite the difficulties and the complexity of this project, there is pride for what we are doing, for the care of the environment, respect for people and communities that live in the territories where we work, and the sense of belonging to a large company.”
Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power

Whether it’s hydropower or geothermal, solar or wind, EGP is in the front lines in Chile to foster the country’s energy transition toward renewable sources. A green revolution happening with total respect for this special land.

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