|The water that keeps our lights on!|
"Historically, hydroelectric plants have been the largest power source in Chile. Periodical droughts caused, however, supply shortfalls and blackouts, which led the government to increase diversification in the country's energy mix in the 1990s, mainly through the addition of natural-gas-fired power plants." quote from Wikipedia.
They have also added some coal fired power plants because of a recent shortage of natural gas. I would think power in the south is mainly hydro since we have so many rivers and so much water here.
I am trying to decipher the power bill to see how much it is per kilowatt hour and I'll let you know.
Well, in South Carolina Duke Power is charging 10.5 cents per kilowatt hour. This is with a price increase in 2014. Our bill here in Chile is 22 cents per kilowatt hour. Ouch! Why so high? I don't know why.
I'd be interested to know what you pay for per kilowatt hour in the US.
The power here is fairly dependable. It has only gone out twice in the past year and one time was a planned repair. Not bad for being out in the campo with no street address.
Our ultimate goal though is to go off grid with a combo of solar, wind, and hydro so in the long run it really won't matter how much the powerbill is!
Here is an interesting link to energy in Chile if you want further info.
A big controversial dam project for Patagonia was turned down by the Chilean government
here is an interesting link or 2