Chile has specific legislation (Law 20257) that makes mandatory the use of non-traditional renewable energy sources (wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, bio-fuels, and mini-hydro).
Electric Power Equipment
A Top Export Prospect for Chile
In USD millions 2010 2011
Total Market Size 890 1,069 1,248 1,528
Total Local Production 85 100 120 150
Total Exports 73 71 72 72
Total Imports 878 1040 1200 1450
Imports from the U.S. 132 164 180 225
Exchange Rate: 1 USD 500 484 486 489
Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports)
Total Local Production: Chilean Customs
Export/Import data: Chilean Customs
In 2012, the demand for electricity in Chile is expected to grow by 6 - 7%. This is in line with
the average annual demand growth over the last twenty years of 6.7 %. Chile is facing a
complex scenario with a lack of indigenous energy sources combined with a need for
additional investment in generation and most critically in transmission.
The Chilean economy is expanding and the government expects the country will need an
additional 10,000MW of installed capacity by 2020 to meet rising demand. Power generation
projects totaling USD 16.8 billion in investment are expected during the period 2010-2015.
The energy crisis in 2011 was managed with “covert rationing,” where The Electric Energy
Dispatch Center (CEDEC) told large customers to accept a 5% decrease in the voltage.
Renewable energy will remain a single digit percentage, under 3%, of Chile’s total energy
matrix for the foreseeable future. Projects in hydropower, biomass, biogas, wind, and solar
energy are receiving increased government support and garnering private-sector attention.
Chile has specific legislation (Law 20257) that makes mandatory the use of non-traditional
renewable energy sources (wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, bio-fuels, and mini-hydro). A
minimum of 5% of all the energy injected into the main two grids until 2014 and up to 10% by
the year 2024 must come from renewable sources. Even more recently, the government has
announced a target of 20% renewable by 2020.
Top US spects ectr 2 Export Pro in Chile 2012: El ic Power Equipment
• Hydro-generation plants from 20 MW to 500 MW
• Thermal-generation plants in the range of 100 MW - 300 MW
• Clean coal technology plants (The government recently announced the tightening of
• Combined-cycle gas fired plants and support systems
• Dual gas/diesel fired plants
• Geothermal plants
• Wind generation plants: >0.3 MW - 10 MW, horizontal, variable speed, pitch reg., >50
mt. mast turbine
• Solar panels – utility scale as well as for water heating (The GOC launched a subsidy
program for new low cost houses that includes this technology and induce saving in
• High efficiency transmission equipment and supplies, aimed to transfer electric energy
• >1,000 miles
• Environmental solution services
• NOx, particle and CO2 abatement equipment
• Scrubbers, fumes treatment technology and equipment.
• Electric control instruments
• High efficiency transformers
• Signal conditioners
Export opportunities in the area of electric power equipment are a consequence of a surge in
power generation and transmission investment that will require direct investment and
supplies exceeding USD 25 billion between 2012 and 2015.
• Chilean Energy Commission: www.cne.cl
• Central Interconnected Grid Management System: www.cdecsic.cl
• Northern Interconnected Grid Management System: www.cdecsing.cl
• Electric Industry Magazine: www.revistaei.cl
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Top US ects 3 Export Prosp in Chile 2012: Electric Power Equipment
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Please contact Marcelo Orellana, Commercial Specialist for electric power equipment at the U.S. Commercial
Service in Chile at Marcelo.Orellana@trade.gov or (56) 2-330-3455. You can also visit our website at
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