Trip to Aysén region of Patagonia

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I was very fortunate to be able to take a four day trip to Aysén. I flew with Daniela Castro to Cohaique, and then we drove the 300 km to Cochrane. The photo above is of a narrows in Lago General Carrera, not far from where the lake drains into the Baker River. More photos in my Aysén flickr photo set.

In Cochrane they had a one day energy seminar on the proposed dams and there impacts on the region. I gave a talk about energy efficiency, and got to express my doubts about the very high forecasted electricity demand growth rate (6.5%/year) and the need for the dams.

Here is a panorama view taken at the entrance to Estancia Villa Chaccobucco, overlooking the confluence of the Baker and Chacabucco Rivers–which is the site of the first Baker River dam.

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