Tag Archives: Chile

Fire and Ice: Can Iceland’s Energy Strategy Work for Chile?

By Ryan Fletcher Chile faces a highly challenging energy landscape. Natural gas imports from Argentina, while previously inexpensive, have now proved costly and unpredictable. Oil reserves pale in comparison to domestic consumption. Coal is mostly an import, and hydropower, while technically promising given Chile’s vast mountainous waterways, is plagued with environmental legislation and transport challenges. […]

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The Future of Utility-Scale Electrical Storage

By Mike V. This post will discuss the future of utility-scale electrical storage, but first some updates on solar power which was discussed earlier in the class.  There is good reason to dwell on technological and financial progress of such topics, as all the corporate sustainability issues discussed in class ultimately have a cost hurdle.  […]

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Statistics that Miss the Mark(et)

By Mike V. What does hydroelectric power generation cost? This is a question everyone instinctively realizes has a wide range of answers depending on the available water source. Before any discussion of cement prices or permitting costs, it is intuitive that respective costs per output at a flat, dry plain are nearly infinite those at […]

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A Fuel Cell in Every Home

By Colleen Not as satisfying for carnivores, perhaps, as a chicken in every pot but when you work in the fuel cell industry (full disclosure: I once did), that is the stuff of which dreams are made.  The same goes for any distributed generation manufacturer—none would be opposed to having their particular technology whether a […]

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Chile’s Electricity Conundrum

By Edward K. In discussing the Future of Chile’s Power, we did a simple calculation in class to determine the overnight cost per megawatt-hour of building a new power plant. It looks like this when assuming a 10% discount rate and an asset life of 40+ years: According to the values in the table above, […]

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