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CEM Welcomes Chile as Newest Member

Monday, October 17, 2016

CEM Welcomes Chile as Newest Member

Chilean Minister of Energy Máximo Pacheco Matte, Intendent of the Coquimbo Region Claudio Ibáñez, Spanish Ambassador Carlos Robles, and other distinguished guests attended the September 2016 start-up of the La Silla solar photovoltaic plant in northern Chile, as announced by ESO and Enel Green Power. Photo Credit: Flickr/European Southern Observatory.

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) now has 25 members, with Chile recently welcomed as the newest member of the CEM. In requesting formal membership to the CEM, Chile outlined its ambitious clean energy goals and the country’s leadership in a variety of clean energy efforts, including the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) and Mission Innovation. Even before becoming a member, Chile began actively participating in two CEM initiatives: the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative and the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG).

Over the past decade, Chile has set ambitious goals to encourage the country’s development and deployment of clean energy. Chile’s 2014 Energy Agenda reaffirmed that 20% of electricity production will be based on non-conventional renewable energy by the year 2025. Chile also recently launched an energy policy that set a new goal for 70% of the country’s power to be generated by renewable energy by the year 2050. Currently, 65% of the power plants under construction in the country are based on renewable energy. Chile also has ambitious energy efficiency targets, including reducing energy consumption by 20% by the year 2025, as compared to the projected consumption for that year. The newest CEM member noted that participation in SEAD and EMWG contributed to the development and implementation of the county’s energy efficiency policies.

Chile’s request for formal membership in the CEM was met with an enthusiastic response from the CEM Steering Committee and other CEM members. The forum looks forward to Chile’s efforts through the CEM to advance the country’s domestic clean energy goals and to contribute to a global clean energy transition.

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