OLADE participates in the Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Uruguay’s Energy Balance.

On November 11 it was held the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Energy Balance of Uruguay organized by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining in the Facilities of the Telecommunications Tower in Montevideo. The opening remarks of the tribute was led by the Minister (D) of Industry, Energy and Mining, Guillermo Moncecchi and National Director of Energy, Ing. Agr. Olga Otegui, who highlighted the historical importance of developing national energy balances in a non-stop basis, which has been essential in the decision-making in the energy sector of Uruguay. They also thanked the officials of the Planning, Statistics and Balance Department of Uruguay for their impeccable work undertaken during decades; providers of statistical information for the continuous delivery of data and also made a special acknowledgement to OLADE for giving the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining a special award on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the National Energy Balance during the XVI Meeting of the Working Group of the Advisors of the Energy Economic Information System (SIEE), held on October 23 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

OLADE was represented in this event by the Information Management and Training Coordinator, Ing. Paola Carrera, who made a presentation on Energy Statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighting the challenges and new methodologies to be implemented in the region. Likewise, she also congratulated the MIEM for its outstanding performance and participation in the delivery of monthly and annual energy statistical information and stressed that energy balances are a critical tool for national energy planning and are the foundation for the development of indicators, greenhouse gas inventories, and national energy foresight and energy diagnosis. She also noted that standardization of energy balances allow comparison of the energy situation between different periods in the same country and comparison between countries, which is essential for decision-making and analysis of the energy sector in a comprehensive and strategic manner.

Then the Director of the Planning, Statistics and Balance Department, Ing. Alejandra Reyes, presented the main results of the 2014 National Energy Balance, noting that the primary energy matrix was 4.786,7ktep, representing an increase of 7% over the previous year and recorded declines in the supply of natural gas, oil, oil products, coal, and coke, increased electricity supply (hydropower, wind and solar sources) as well as biomass. She also made a comparative analysis of the reflected historical changes in the energy balance of the country where a high percentage of share of oil was visualized in the primary source of energy in the beginning and the changing in the energy mix with a strong inclusion of renewable energy. It was also mentioned that the goals of energy policy reach 55% of the primary matrix with local sources. Regarding 2014, BEN improvements, there were mentioned sectoral surveys in industry, trade and services, greater breakdown in final energy consumption by sector based on administrative data and the inclusion of new emission factor indicators of the network, electrification rate, and energy path. The development of the National Energy Balance in terms of useful energy is contemplated within the goals to be achieved on the next year.

Finally, it is interesting to note that during the event the Uruguayan Post Office launched the Commemorative postage stamp for the 50th Anniversary of the National Energy Balance. A historical video was shown, where it was mentioned that in 1981 Uruguay began its work in developing national energy balances thanks to the methodology provided by the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE). It was also mentioned the active technological evolution in the development, information gathering and publication of the BEN.

50 Years of National Energy Balance - Uruguay

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