Mining, Electric Power and Social Inclusion: Challenges and Opportunities for Chile and Peru

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Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA, 92037
United States

Grab your lunch and join us for this joint Institute of the Americas & CILAS brown bag panel discussion with David Mares, Director of CILAS & Professor of Political Science at UCSD and Baker Scholar in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute of Public Policy at Rice University, and Jeremy Martin, Energy Program Director at the Institute of the Americas.

Both Chile and Peru have enjoyed strong economic growth in the last several years, in part fueled by the booming mining sector. Yet economic success has brought with it a commensurate rise in energy demand, a challenge both countries have struggled to meet. In Chile, environmental opposition to large-scale projects has become an issue of national political importance, and is likely to remain so as the country holds presidential elections November 17. Peru is in a similarly precarious position as it seeks to promote sustainable growth with social inclusion, much of which is driven by mining. Yet unlike Chile – which has limited traditional energy resources of its own – Peru has abundant hydrocarbon reserves. Instead, community opposition and institutional permitting delays mean Peru will struggle to meet rising electricity demand. In both cases, electricity shortages threaten not only the mining sector but long term economic growth.



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