Electrical markets and regulatory challenges for the system operators in Latin America

Recently, Latin American electricity markets have experienced a series of events that have resulted in a sub-optimal operation of their electric power systems, and therefore a rise in energy prices to the consumer. Regulators are often interested in reviewing and updating as needed, the role, structure, and responsibilities of the power system operator in order to identify areas of opportunity and recommend actions towards the best practices of the industry within the framework of a truly independent power system operator. The main objective is always maintaining reliability under an optimal economic dispatch, which results in the lowest possible costs and prices to the end consumers.

This panel will present a review on international best practices from a regulator perspective with respect to how power system operators deal with different situations that impact the economic operation of the system and therefore the wholesale energy prices, for example:

César Butrón Fernández
Board President, COES
Electrical engineer by the National University of Engineering. In addition, he has completed a master's degree in Public Services Regulation at the PUCP. Previously, he held the position of Board President at Electroperú, as well as other management positions related to the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. He has a work experience of more than 31 years.

The role of energy storage as an enabler for renewable energy integration in Latin America

Renewable energy auctions have become useful mechanisms for the purchase of new significant energy capacity in Latin American such as Mexico and Chile. Mexico is planning to add 2 GW of new renewable energy capacity and Chile is planning to add 2.2 GWh to ensure long-term power supply. Renewable energy is bringing down wholesale generation prices. Colombia, Peru and Ecuador and also in position to incorporate renewable energy on its plans based on their own natural resources.

Also, the increased penetration of renewable energy, particularly solar and wind, require more flexibility of the electric power system to deal with their variability. Energy storage has been identified as a key technology that is needed to compensate the inherent fluctuations of energy production. While globally, energy storage has been amply demonstrated, the full potential in Latin America is still to come. This panel shares the perspectives of power system operators, transmission or distribution companies regarding the impact of renewable sources into the grid and the degree in which energy storage could be a solution for key applications such as frequency support, peak shaving, transmission congestion relief, and others.

Carlos Mario Caro
General Manager, REP/CTM/ISA Peru

Ramón A. León
Program Manager, ISA

Electrical Engineer from the National University of Colombia and Master in Integral Logistics from the Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid, with more than 20 years of experience in ISA and its companies. Carlos Mario Caro is General Manager of REP, CTM and ISA Peru since February 2012. In Peru, he has been President of the Colombian Business Council (CEC) and the Electricity Sector of the National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE). He is currently member of the Consultative Committee of the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) and Vice President of the Regional Energy Integration Commission (CIER - PECIER). Ramon Leon is currently the Program Manager of the Intelligent Energy Management initiative at Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. (ISA), responsible for developing new business models and ventures regarding the application of the latest concepts on distributed energy resources and grid scale storage, integrating them in the corporation’s business portfolio over its footprint in Latin America. He has 18 years of experience in strategic planning of energy systems, the management of research and development projects, and the structuring of corporate entrepreneurship projects based on innovation.

Carlos E. Finat Díaz
Executive Director, ACERA

Gabriel Argüello
Executive Director, CENACE
A civil engineer from the University of Chile. He has an extensive professional career, developed in the energy, mining, information technology, defense and automation industries. He has a solid experience in regulation of the electricity sector, regulatory and operational framework of the CDEC, tenders for energy supply, negotiation of energy supply and LNG contracts and management of GHG and energy emissions, among others. He is also a member of the Permanent Presidential Advisory Commission on Climate Change of the Government of Chile, adviser to the Development Committee of the Solar Energy Industry of CORFO and is a member of the External Advisory Committee (CAE) of the Electrical Engineering Department in the University of Chile. Electrical Engineering at the National Polytechnic School of Quito and Master of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho, USA. He also conducted training courses on power systems and control centers at the universities of Wisconsin and Berkeley in USA and ABB Sweden. He has been a member of the Electric Interconnection Development Group in the Andean Region. Since 1995 he has been Executive Director of CENACE, the operator of the system and the wholesale electricity market.

Success stories about technology deployments that improved the power system performance:
A Service Providers Perspective.

Currently, Latin American electric power systems are experiencing load growth resulting in grid congestion and difficulties to build new transmission infrastructure to reliably serve the load. This is resulting in interesting opportunities for technologies that helped to increase power system security and reliability.

This panel is an opportunity for electric power sector service providers to share with the industry at large their success stories, under a practical, post mortem lessons learned perspective. The success stories will include the following technical themes:

Dave Evans
President, Consolidated Power Projects Australia Pty Ltd

Domenico Mazzillo Ricaurte
Regional Business Manager, Siemens Digital Grid

Dave has been with CPP since 2004 in a range of roles and was appointed to the position of President in 2017. Dave is responsible for planning and guiding the ongoing success of the Company. Dave has more than 25 years in the electrical industry with a focus on power systems. Regional Business Manager, Siemens Digital Grid South America without Brazil with approximately 15 Years of Experience in Digital grid business management, working with Electrical Utilities and Industrial customer supporting digitalization strategies. Extensive background in project management, sales management, business development, risk management, offers review, product demonstration, customer presentations and order negotiations.

Herwig A. Ragossnig
NEC Energy Solutions

Hans J. Candia
Vice President of Energy, Quanta Services Latin America
Mr. Ragossnig, graduee from the Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh UK), is a Renewable Energy Engineer with 15 years of work experience in several international companies in the Renewable field. For many years he was active in Latin America in the business development in the solar and bioenergy sector for European companies interested in the emerging renewable markets in Latin America. Since 2015 he is head of business development in Latin America for NEC Energy Solutions, one of the leading companies for large scale grid connected storage solutions with lithium batteries. In this position he managed to develop this new market segment for NEC in the complete region and he developed an important pipeline of energy storage projects with several projects at the moment under construction in Chile, Colombia and Brazil. His speciality in the energy storage field is grid stabilization with batteries in electricity systems with large scale integration of renewable energies. He has a Master in Science in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, specializing in Power Systems. He is registered as a Licensed Engineer, PE, in the United States.
Presently he is Vice President for the Energy Sector for Quanta Services Latin America. He has led and managed engineering groups and commissioning for transmission projects in North America and International. He has specialized in the execution of large EPC Substation and Transmission projects in the United States and in Latin America. He has held technical and management positions in leading international companies in transmission technologies.
He has taught Master Level courses in the areas of Power System and Protection & Control courses. He has participated and contributed in various technical groups in the IEEE and CIGRE organizations.