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Peru's renewables share slips to 5% in Dec 2019

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January 17 (Renewables Now) - Non-hydro renewables generated 249 GWh of Peru’s electricity in December 2019, recording a 4.96% year-on-year decrease in output, according to the preliminary report published by the Peruvian energy ministry.

Power generation from wind, solar, bagasse and biogas in December accounted for 5% of the total production, down from a 5.3% share registered the month before.

The abundance of water resources allowed hydropower plants to boost production by 29% year-on-year to 3,277 GWh at the expense of all technologies except solar.

The Peruvian power mix in December is summarised in the table below:

Source: December 2019 January-December 2019
GWh Y/Y change GWh Y/Y change
Hydro 3,277 29% 31,492 2%
Natural gas 1,340 -30% 21,052 5%
Diesel/coal/waste 86 -25% 1,475 -4%
Bagasse/biogas 40 -11% 534 31%
Wind 131 -7% 1,647 10%
Solar 77 1% 762 2%
Cogeneration with steam 0.30 -27% 4.48 5%
TOTAL: 4,951 2.3% 56,967 3.8%

The ministry's reports shows that the country will keep relying largely on hydro for clean power generation in the near future. Out of 317.2 MW of new clean capacity that is due to come online by 2023 at the latest, six projects involve new hydropower plants. Non-conventional renewables will be represented by one biomass-fired power plant and two 18.4-MW onshore wind farms that Spanish developer Grenergy Renovables SL (BME:GRE) is building in the Peruvian region of Cajamarca.

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