The situation of distributed generation and smart grids in LAC was one of the topics addressed during the event: Innovation Days 2019 in Montevideo

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay (MIEM) held on July 16 and 17, 2019, in the city of Montevideo, the event: Innovation Days 2019, whose main objective was the exchange of information between experts in the region regarding new alternatives in the development of renewable energy. This meeting was attended by the Executive Secretary of the Latin American Energy Organization (Olade), Alfonso Blanco, who presented the Energy Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), with a focus on the evolution of Renewable Energies in the region; and the situation of Distributed Generation and Smart Grids in LAC.

In his speech, the Executive Secretary, Alfonso Blanco, not only highlighted the provision of resources but what is the reality of the countries in terms of institutional development and continuity of their public policies. "It is something that we must work hard on because it is common to see in our region that there is no continuity in public policy to define a path of decarbonization of the economies and the high incorporation of renewable energies." The Secretary mentioned.

Another important aspect addressed by the Secretary was the institutional and regulatory structure that prevails in each market, which is completely different for each country in the region. He explained that this issue somehow conditions the capabilities of the region with respect to taking a step further in the field of incorporation of renewable energies.

“It is something that we must work on because we have to keep in mind that the regulatory frameworks of our energy sector, are designed and were put into operation in the 90s, with a logic of the sector completely different from the current one that we have with the high incorporation of renewable energies. Fundamentally energies that we do not have a complete capacity to manage ”. Added the Executive Secretary of OLADE, Alfonso Blanco.

He also said that regulatory frameworks must be adapted and adjusted for the incorporation of renewable energy. Which has an effect on the legal framework and with respect to existing contracts, a situation that creates a dilemma in the region.

Finally, he said "for this incorporation of renewable energies to be sustainable over time it has to be an efficient cost for our countries."

The scope of this activity was to provide opportunities to meet key actors in the region and present works and experiences of Latin American countries, many of which are at the forefront of renewable energy. The event also sought to provide information to companies about the challenges in the region and link them with those responsible for formulating sector policies.


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