Challenged to change

Challenged to change – what Chile can teach about greening energy
Challenged to change

Challenged to change

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When night falls, the Santiago skyline becomes a constellation of lights. Looking down from above, there is little to distinguish the Chilean capital from a North American metropolis, with its late-evening traffic diffusing into a sprawl of glass-fronted shopping centres, office complexes and urban housing. The only landmarks that give a sense of place are the snow-capped peaks of the Andean cordillera that preside over the city.

The panorama of Santiago at night is breathtaking, but equally impressive is the ambition of the Chilean people to power this magnificent cityscape — and the rest of the country — chiefly with renewable energy by the year 2050. Perhaps more impressive still is that the South American nation is well on its way to achieving that goal. In June 2019, NGC President Mark Loquan and National Energy President Dr. Vernon Paltoo had the privilege of visiting Chile on the invitation of the Chilean Embassy in Port of Spain to learn about the country’s comprehensive model for developing a successful renewable energy industry.