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Wind Power News: Chile


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 7, 2012 • ChilePrint storyE-mail story

Could the wind turbines of Chile harm blue whales?

From a hill overlooking lush pastures on Chiloé Island in Chile, Gicella Saldivia and her family manage a small organic farm and restaurant. Bird-watchers arrive by the busload to marvel at the mix of native and migratory species on nearby Mar Brava Beach. You might assume that a scene this bucolic, and an energy source as clean as wind power, would be a good fit. But Saldivia and many of the 160,000 residents of this 8,000-sq km (3,000 sq-mile) Patagonian . . . Complete story »

December 15, 2011 • ChilePrint storyE-mail story

Scientists look to halt Chile’s newest wind farm

Critics are concerned about the population of endangered blue whales off the coast. Leaders of the Center of Cetacean Conservation (CCC) and NGO Ecoceanos gathered at Chile’s presidential palace Wednesday morning with a petition bearing the signatures of over 40 international scientists urging President Sebastián Piñera to halt the construction of a wind farm in Chiloé approved in August. “In the name of the international scientific community we request an environmental impact study for the project,” said CCC President Bárbara . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2011 • ChilePrint storyE-mail story

Chilean wind farm faces turbulence over whales

Off the northwest coast of Isla Grande de Chiloé in southern Chile (map), cold-temperate waters influenced by the west wind drift pound against the South American continent. This flow, also known as the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, causes nutrient-rich water to collide with land, generating a phytoplankton bloom and an abundance of krill. It’s a veritable buffet for the world’s largest mammal, the great blue whale. On average, weighing 200 tons and at 100 feet (30 meters) from head to tail, . . . Complete story »

August 3, 2011 • ChilePrint storyE-mail story

Aprueban construcción de megaparque eólico en la isla de Chiloé

[Giant wind farm approved on Chiloé island] La iniciativa representa una inversión privada de US$ 235 millones y será capaz de generar 112 Mw de potencia. Como la mayor inversión privada que ha llegado a la isla en la historia de Chiloé. Así describió el intendente de Los Lagos, Juan Sebastián Montes, el impacto de la aprobación del megaproyecto Parque Eólico Chiloé, que pretende instalar turbinas capaces de generar 112 Mw de energía. La iniciativa propuesta por la empresa Ecopower . . . Complete story »

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