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Ecuador taps into water

Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy explains ambitious plan to develop hydro resources

Dr Esteban Albornoz Vintimilla is an ambitious man. Despite ensuring that 98% of Ecuadorians have electricity access, the minister is steering a long-term programme-financed by a dedicated fund-to bring electricity to rural areas where are not interconnected and have no service. "In the Amazon area, demand for electricity is very dispersed. We are bringing transmission grids and electricity grids to that area, but it's a big challenge-though we've had a very good experience using individual solutions with solar PV panels," he explains. State oil company Petroamazonas has a project to optimise power generation that includes the development of tools for electrical implementation in areas of

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