Argentina’s Paraná River drops to 77-year low, resulting in economic loss and wildfires

Paraná’s water level is the lowest since 1944, the result of a prolonged drought upriver, in southern Brazil. Amidst the drought, ships travelling on the Paraná have been forced to reduce their soy, corn and wheat cargo by 25%, with larger cuts looming. In July, the Argentine government announced a $10.4 million relief fund to offset these economic losses. Government officials have advised citizens to “save water,” and capture rain for home and commercial use. Within these dry conditions, officials are also urging people to stop burning waste or igniting fires to provide pasture. As the Paraná shrinks, thousands of wildfires have raged in the last two years, lighting skies with an eerie orange hue visible from rural farmlands as well as urban luxury apartments. 

Argentina launches employment program for young people

The Argentine government Monday launched a training program for young people, aiming to give them equal access to jobs in the software and related sectors. The program plans to train 60,000 young people by the end of the year. Various industries of the knowledge economy, such as software and computer systems, video games, audiovisual production and post-production, directly and indirectly employ 450,000 people and have the potential to create another 100,000 jobs, said the Government.

Argentina adds new rules to curb COD delays for contracted renewables

The Argentine government has introduced a resolution to accommodate to some extent those renewable energy developers who had been late with reaching commercial operation date (COD) of their auction awarded projects. Argentina awarded PPAs to some 4.5 GW of renewable energy projects through its RenovAr auction programme and over 200 MW via the so-called MiniRen round for small-scale schemes, but the process to get the plants up and running has been exacerbated by the country's prolonged economic crisis and the pandemic.