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UN and ECLAC, on OLADE statistical information database, 2007.
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Energy supply in Latin America
Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Although 70% of South America’s electricity comes from hydroelectric sources, the situation in Central America and the Caribbean is quite different. In these two regions electric-power generation rely predominantly on fossil fuels. For Latin America and the Caribbean overall, fossil fuels (primarily oil and natural gas) continued to be the most important source (76%) for producing energy in the year 2007. Of the energy produced in the region, only 23.1% comes from renewable sources, primarily water, sustainable fuelwood and sugarcane products.