With the focus on electromobility, what regulation logics do distributors “demand”?

With the focus on electromobility, what regulation logics do distributors “demand”?

Projecting around a million electric vehicles in 15 years in the regional capitals, Latin American distributors request updates to the regulation of each country to adapt to electromobility.

As we always mention, the ecosystem and regulation of electromobility has many actors. This time, several gathered at the Mobility Portal event entitled “Electric and Sustainable Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean – Success Stories 2023”.

Within this framework, Ignacio Santelices, executive director of the Association of Latin American Electricity Distributors (ADELAT), offers his position on electric vehicles in the sector he represents.

“The world of distribution is demanding to update regulations that have been going on for decades and respond to a different logic,” says Santelices.

And he adds: “In this scenario of electrification of consumption and in which we are going to multiply the amount of electricity, we have to work with different logics.”

The professional participated in the panel “Projects for the expansion of the electric vehicle recharging infrastructure” in which several of the participants agreed on the need for standards that talk among themselves to promote the market.

Specifically, the director of ADELAT requests: “Bring the regulations into the 21st century and prepare us for what is to come, which is going to be tremendous because we are not prepared in the region to fully address the energy transition we are experiencing.”

When asked which actors should regulate the charging infrastructure space, Santelices’s response was: “There are two actors: the superintendence or the energy regulator and the transport regulator that have to work in coordination.”

In this sense, the argument indicated that the transport authorities would be in charge of the standard in, for example, conversion of vehicles and safety of electric vehicles. And, on the other hand, the energy authorities must regulate the charge.

“We need to have a well-integrated and comprehensive vision of these challenges, we have to see how we make a great reform and address the issue of transmission, distribution of electric vehicles, charging, etc.,” says the representative of ADELAT.

From what was stated in the participation of the event, the conclusion is that this comprehensive vision is important for regulators from different countries to have.

Regarding what electromobility represents for the distribution sector, Santelices explains: “It is a tremendous challenge for the distributors of the future and it is a relatively immediate future.”

ADELAT does not rule out thinking that in less than 15 years in the capital cities of the region between 700,000 and one million electric vehicles will circulate.

Faced with this scenario, Santelices admits: “We have to prepare the electrical networks for that moment and for that we have to make new investments, have new regulations, flexibility and digitization in order to have the charging systems coordinated.”

Fountain: https://portalmovilidad.com/logicas-de-regulacion-mercado-de-distribucion/

The Executive Director of Adelat highlighted the key points to achieve the energy transition in the region

The Executive Director of Adelat highlighted the key points to achieve the energy transition in the region

Within the framework of the launch of the paper “Regulatory Challenges and Improvements of Electricity Distribution to enable the Latin American Energy Transition”, Ignacio Santelices participated in the radio program “Copyright” to expand the most outstanding points of a key piece of energy development in the region.

Santelices highlighted how the region is deeply working to increase supply capacity using renewable energy and focused on the importance of electrifying consumption.

“In our countries, 20% of the energy consumed is electricity and 80% is from fossil fuels. If we want to start with our energy matrix, we have to electrify consumption”, highlighted Santelices.

The executive director assured that the transition will happen, one way or another, due to the efficiency of electrical technologies and their low cost. He stressed out that “preparing” for when this happens is a fundamental point, with the advent of new technologies that demand so much more from supplies than they currently do.

“We are going to move forward until we gradually have the air conditioning in our homes or companies electrically, electric vehicles are going to enter with force and many industrial uses are also going to be electrified, but unfortunately our cities are not yet ready for that”, he concluded.

With financing such as an essential point, the paper proposes a series of regulatory recommendations to generate the conditions that materialize the necessary investments for the project. It also points out what changes are necessary in the current distribution and seeks to achieve a fair energy transition that enables large-scale development, with the inclusion of new technologies.

ADELAT signs a cooperation agreement with OLADE to deepen the role of electricity distribution as a key player in the energy transition in Latin America

ADELAT signs a cooperation agreement with OLADE to deepen the role of electricity distribution as a key player in the energy transition in Latin America

The Association of Latin American Electricity Distributors and the Latin American Energy Organization formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding Mutual Collaboration to start initiatives that understand the challenges faced by the countries of the region for their energy transformation.

The objective is to focus on new technologies and best management and sustainability practices, understanding the place of the distribution segment in order to be prepared for these changes and, consequently, plan the required investments. It is essential to highlight the need to implement regulatory improvements and understand the nuances of each territory and its inhabitants.

The executive director of ADELAT, Ignacio Santelices Ruiz, and the director of Strategy and Institutional Relations, Aniella Descalzi, signed this agreement with the executive secretary of OLADE, Andrés Rebolledo Smitmans.

“OLADE is the main regional actor in energy issues and we know that this alliance will allow us to accelerate the modernization of electricity distribution to have a successful energy transition in Latam,” Santelices said.

For his part, the Executive Secretary of OLADE, Andrés Rebolledo Smitmans, stated that “this agreement between OLADE and ADELAT represents another milestone in our mission to promote regional energy integration and energy sustainability for Latin America and the Caribbean. We consider dialogue with the private sector essential to be able to promote the best energy policies“.

For ADELAT it is a great satisfaction to establish this type of ties and thus help build the reality of energy transformation in the region. The goal is to benefit all citizens from the deep modernization of electricity distributors.

ADELAT launches its paper “Regulatory Challenges and Improvements of Electricity Distribution to enable the Latin American Energy Transition”

ADELAT launches its paper “Regulatory Challenges and Improvements of Electricity Distribution to enable the Latin American Energy Transition”

The Association of Latin American Electricity Distributors is pleased to announce the publication of its policy paper carried out collaboratively by expert consultants and professionals from ADELAT associates.

The objective is to promote the new role of the Distribution System Operators (“DSOs”) as a key actor in the regional energy transition, promoting the evolution of regulatory frameworks, moving from a cost optimization approach to one that maximizes the social benefits of investments.

This work is the result of a series of debates held during 2022 in which more than 100 specialists mainly from Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Argentina participated, whose main achievement was the sharing of challenges and good practices, the principles and guidelines regulations necessaries to advance decisively and with a comprehensive vision in the energy transition.

“It is critical for the success of the energy transition to begin the process of modernizing electricity distribution now, in order to allow the development of distributed generation, electromobility, the electrification of buildings and companies. In addition, new players and business models will come hand in hand with this energy transformation”, said the executive director, Ignacio Santelices.

For his part, the president of the Association, David Felipe Acosta Correa, pointed out that “this is an essential document to understand where the energy transition is headed and the key role played by electricity distribution.” “We hope, with this contribution, to start a serious and urgent debate in which regulators, academia, industry and society participate, to start the transformation process of the electricity distributor to become a DSO as soon as possible,” he concluded.

The paper exposes the main challenges for distributors in Latin America:

Improve service quality and resilience.

Transform the network as a digital, universal, neutral platform that enables new models of operation and services, distributed resources and deepening of electrification.

Promote the economic efficiency of the electrical system, coupling supply and demand.

From ADELAT it is proposed, in regulatory terms, to establish:

  1. Incentives for continuous improvement in service quality and incentives for the resilience of distribution systems.
  2. Remuneration of the real costs associated with the asset base of the distribution service.
  3. Timely and adequate remuneration of investments, consistent with the needs and priorities of the energy transition.

This publication highlights the need to modernize distribution networks within the framework of the energy transition, for which unprecedented investments in networks and technology will be required. In this way, it values ​​the contribution of the distribution sector and works as an input to understand that an evolution is required in the regulatory vision of the countries of the region. The modernization of distribution must begin now, without having to wait for major regulatory reforms, favoring investment and technological innovation in accordance with the requirements of a successful energy transition.

Yanotti: “If we add electric cars without storage to consumption, the situation becomes critical”

Yanotti: “If we add electric cars without storage to consumption, the situation becomes critical”

To avoid “cuts” caused by connecting electric vehicles to the network, it will be essential to update the distributed generation law. Next, the opinion of the Undersecretary of Electric Power of the Nation.

At the beginning of 2023, the undersecretary of Electric Power of the Nation, Santiago Yanotti confirmed that the agency is working on regulatory material on energy storage and its relationship with electric vehicles.

To find out more details about this initiative, Portal Movilidad talks with the president, who explains:

“The importance is given by the need to guarantee safety and reliability in the electrical system.”

“In periods of peak consumption, cuts occur due to the inability to supply the demand. If we add electric vehicles without storage, the situation becomes more critical. It is not essential to start, but it is to achieve mass electromobility ”, adds the undersecretary.

It should be remembered that this work is carried out within the framework of the efforts being made by the National Secretariat of Energy to modify the current standard of distributed generation.

In this way, the agency will seek to make further progress throughout the country and meet the objectives set forth in both Law No. 27424 and Law No. 27191 and the various climate change mitigation plans.

At the time, Yanotti anticipated Energía Estratégica: “The Ministry of Energy convened the regulatory framework commission of the Federal Energy Council to discuss modifications to the distributed generation regulations that allow for greater development.”

And he adds: “The reality is that, as provided for in the law, it is not possible to comply and many provinces report that the rule prevents progress, according to their own regulations, since it is injected into distribution networks, which are provincial jurisdictions” .

As of today, from the organization they are “analyzing comparative legislation and dialoguing with sectoral actors”.

In addition, with regard to sustainable mobility, they participate in different sectoral tables made up of the public and private sectors.

Latin American distributors “demand” to update regulations. The need to make modifications to the rules that regulate the use of energy is not a problem that concerns only Argentina.

On the contrary, Ignacio Santelices, executive director of the Association of Latin American Electric Power Distributors (ADELAT), during the Mobility Portal event entitled “Electric and Sustainable Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean – Success Stories 2023”, indicates:

“The world of distribution is demanding to update regulations that have been going on for decades and respond to a different logic.”

“In this scenario of electrification of consumption and in which we are going to multiply the amount of electricity, we have to work with different logics,” adds Santelices.

It is worth mentioning that making these modifications becomes essential considering that, according to ADELAT, in less than 15 years in the capital cities of the region between 700,000 and one million electric vehicles will circulate.

Faced with this scenario, Santelices acknowledges: “We have to prepare the electrical networks for that moment and for this we must make new investments, have new regulations, flexibility and digitization in order to have the charging systems coordinated.”

Fountain: https://portalmovilidad.com/yanotti-vehiculos-electricos-sin-almacenamiento/

How is the regulation for the access and connection of renewable energy plants?

How is the regulation for the access and connection of renewable energy plants?

We spoke with David Felipe Acosta, president of Adelat (Association of Latin American Electricity Distributors) who explained the regulation for the access and connection of renewable energy plants in the network.

“We are focused on producing adequate knowledge to be able to establish efficient investments and seek that these investments that require distribution to ensure that this energy transformation is a reality, are duly remunerated”, he assured. In addition, he points out that they are working on improving the quality and resilience of the network.

Finally, we asked him what are the main problems facing the world of power plants. “Latin American countries are evolving based on the needs that appear. We are accompanying and advising so that the connection is as timely and fast as possible but, above all, that we can ensure a reliable operation”, points out David Felipe Acosta.

Fountain:https://www.negocios.com/como-es-la-regulacion-para-el-acceso-y-conexion-de-plantas-de-energia-renovable/