OLADE MAKES PROGRESS IN ENERGY PLANNING CAPACITY BUILDING OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

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This January 2017, OLADE conducted the workshop – “Energy Outlook 2015 – 2035” in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. To this end, it was used the software developed by OLADE, SAME (Simulation and Analysis of Energy Matrix).

The workshop was taught by Fabio García, Specialist in Studies and Projects, and Gabriel Castellanos, Energy Planning Consultant, with the participation of 30 representatives of the subsectors of electricity, hydrocarbons, renewables and energy efficiency. Representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the National Energy Commission, the REFIDOMSA refinery, and the Dominican Corporation of State-owned Electrical Companies – CDEEE.

SAME is an IT model for structuring feasible and consistent development scenarios of the energy matrix in a given horizon, which also allow us to make a comparative analysis of these scenarios, depending on economic, energy and environmental indicators. These indicators are energy efficiency, average factors for greenhouse gasses emission, unit costs of energy production, reserves and remaining potential, the structure of the energy supply matrices, power generation and final consumption, the rate of energy self-sufficiency or autarky, among others.

“In the case of the Dominican Republic, energy scenarios were built for a study comprised between 2015 and 2035. First, based on the historical behavior of the national energy matrix, a trend rate scenario was developed which was also called “Business as Usual”. Next, based on principles of sustainable energy development; an alternative scenario was manufactured. By developing alternative scenarios of a “Route-Map” type, it is sought to actively contribute to the development of strategic guidelines that allow the establishment of an energy sector with higher, reliable, affordable energy security that also results in a reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases in the medium and long term. ” explains Gabriel Castellanos.

Background

The Latin American Energy Organization – OLADE is working on strengthening capacities on Energy planning for the Dominican Republic, through the implementation of the Energy Planning Manual, with funding from the Government of Canada.

Following the workshop implemented in the Dominican Republic on July 26 and 27, 2016, where OLADE developed skills in the construction and application of SWOT analysis as a starting point for the definition of goals, objectives, setting, and prioritization of strategic guidelines for the development of a National Energy Agenda, OLADE launched the third workshop. This initiative was aimed at training the stakeholders in the energy sector regarding the development of scenarios and forecasting by applying the Energy Matrix Simulation and Analysis model – SAME. Additionally, the preliminary results of two energy scenarios for the Dominican Republic were presented during the workshop.

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