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Latin America struggles with energy integration

Though the continent has plenty of energy resources, integrating them into a trans-continental energy network remains an elusive goal for the region’s governments

Latin America is a continent rich in energy resources, but integrating those resources – vast hydrocarbons reserves, as well as substantial wind, hydro and biofuels resources – into a trans-continental energy network remains an elusive goal for the region’s governments. “How far are we from real integration? We are very far away,” Ramon Mendez, Uruguay’s national director of energy in the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, told delegates at WEC Daegu 2013. There are examples of successful cross-border energy links in Latin America. The Itaipú hydroelectric dam, which produces more electricity than China’s Three Gorges dam, was developed jointly by Brazil and Paraguay on the border sec

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