IRENA & Central American Countries Join Forces to Integrate Renewables into Regional Power Systems

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IRENA yesterday announced one-week series of workshops designed to support the deployment of renewable energy in Central America will conclude tomorrow in Panama City. Led by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), this first-of-its-kind effort convened key energy stakeholders to tackle the challenge of integrating more renewable energy into regional power systems. Participants included Central American Integration System Member States, regional and national electric utilities, distributors, operators, regulatory authorities, and other power system players.

“While the current investment signals in Central America are encouraging, the integration of larger shares of renewables into national electricity systems and the regional grid is a complex challenge that requires support from all sectors,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “Workshops like those held this week are vital, as they convene the needed stakeholders to chart a course for concrete action. More collaboration will be necessary for the region to achieve its 11 per cent renewable energy target by 2020.”

The week began with a two-day workshop focused on the challenges and opportunities Panama faces in scaling up its renewable energy capacity. Participants assessed the impact of integrating larger shares of renewables into national electricity systems and the regional interconnection infrastructure. The week concluded with a three-day workshop focused on national and regional strategies to advance the deployment of renewables in electricity systems. Participants discussed the policy, regulatory framework and technical challenges ahead in integrating higher shares of variable renewable energy into the energy system.

“IRENA looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the region, and Panama as a pilot country, to achieve the Central American Sustainable Energy Strategy 2020 and to accelerate its transition to a sustainable energy future,” said Mr. Amin. “In the process, the region can improve its energy security, create jobs, boost economic growth and improve public health.”

Source : irena.org