Chile: Coal phase out plan

Last Modified: Fri Aug 06 2021 07:36:56 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2040
    Chile: Year by which the country will shut down all of the 28 operational plants as part of its Energy 2050 plan which aims to meet 70% of national electricity needs with solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and ocean energy. Energy Minister Juan Carlo Jobet announced on 28 Apr 2021, the country's plans to close half of its coal-fired power plants by 2025, 15 years ahead of a deadline to eliminate the fossil fuel from its power mix. (Click/Tap to follow coal phase out in Chile).
  • Jun 2019
    The government and the country’s four largest generators—AES Gener, Colbún, Enel, and ENGIE—reach a voluntary agreement to close their coal units by 2040. Power companies agree to a 'schedule' that would see the retirement of 8 of its oldest plants with 1,047 MW of installed capacity by 2024. Six plants are to be taken offline by the end of 2020.
  • 28 Apr 2021
    French energy giant Engie announces it will refit 3 of its newest coal-fired plants in the country by the middle of the decade. The 377-MW Infraestructura Energética Mejillones (launched in 2019) will be modified to run on natural gas while the Andina and Hornitos plants (169-MW and 170-MW, respectively), launched in 2011, will run on biomass, the company said. AES Gener and Enel also announce their plans to bring forward their earlier commitments to close plants by 2040.
  • 2,900 MW
    Capacity that will now be phased out by 2025, based on the announcements of the 3 big power companies.
  • 06 Jul 2021
    Virginia-headquartered AES Corp. signs agreement with the Chilean government to retire 4 coal-fired power plants, with total installed capacity of 1,097 MW “as soon as” January 2025 if supported by grid requirements. The coal closures, which are outlined in what AES described as a “voluntary” retirement plan, represent the “single largest coal retirement announcement by any power company in Chile to date” and includes roughly 20% of the country’s installed coal capacity, AES said. The plants are all located in Mejillones, on the northern coast, and Puchuncaví, in central Chile, in areas of “high industrial concentration".