Aela Energía participates in opening panel of ElecGas 2017

Santiago, May 31, 2017

With over 200 key stakeholders in the energy market in attendance, Aela participated in the debate on changes in the business model for generators, the future of renewable energies and the regulatory framework, among other issues.

The opening panel on “The future of Chile’s energy beyond generation alternatives,” in the framework of the 16th  Energy Encounter, ElecGas 2017, marked the start of the meeting, which was attended by representatives of the electricity industry, in addition to sector executives, authorities, leaders and academics.

The panel participants included Thomas Keller, CEO of Colbún; Axel Leveque, CEO of Engie Chile; Rubens Romano, CEO of Aela Energy; Juan Ricardo Inostroza Development and Regulation Manager at AES Gener, and Germán Henríquez, Chairman of the National Electrical Coordinator’s Executive Council.

The central issue addressed was the new electrical model determined by the arrival of renewable energy technologies, which fostered the development of distributed generation, energy storage and the need for new regulatory frameworks.

"I believe that we are prepared for a future with a trend toward more renewable energy. We see this in a global scenario where all companies are focusing on that. We obviously cannot be arbitrary and say that the future is 100% renewable, since for that to happen there is a need for complementarity in the system, a flexible way to generate power.”

Rubens Romano,  Aela Energía CEO

In reference to the future of renewable energies in Chile, the Aela CEO said: “I believe that we are prepared for a future with a trend toward more renewable energy. We see this in a global scenario where all companies are focusing on that. We obviously cannot be arbitrary and say that the future is 100% renewable, since for that to happen there is a need for complementarity in the system, a flexible way to generate power.”

Regarding Aela’s future projection, he stressed that “it is positioning itself with a view to 2025; it projects growing in the local market with a current strategy to install 600MW in the medium-term.”

There was consensus on the panel regarding importance of all generators adapting to the new market, where there is a different dynamic oriented toward the end client and with the mission to look to the future together, offering solutions like storage and complementary services.

Along these lines, Rubens Romano said that “we have contracts with the distributors, yet we have seen that the strategy must be focused on unregulated end consumers, which will without doubt become important actors for us in the near future. We are also looking for smaller-scale projects, closer to consumption centers.”

There were also other debate panels at EleGas, which addressed issues such as flexibility and innovation in the energy matrix and system integration, in addition to the new electrical model. www.elecgas.cl