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Iberoamerican Ministerial Meeting
"Energy Security in the Latin American Region:
Renewable Energy as a Viable Alternative"
26-27 September 2006 | Montevideo, Uruguay


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Daily web coverage: 26 September - 27 September

Highlights for Wednesday, 27 September 2006




In a closing panel session, Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, reflected on the strategic role that developing renewable energy can play in decreasing reliance on foreign sources and decreasing green house gas emissions.

On Wednesday, four round tables were held on technical and market aspects of renewable energy in Latin America. They were followed by discussions on some of the key issues such as barriers, problem areas and potential opportunities in the region.

In the morning, the first roundtable on biomass and biofuels reviewed successful experiences in the region, including technical aspects and market realities of biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel. The second roundtable evaluated the region’s overall hydroelectric potential, focusing on small hydro power plants as an instrument of rural electrification and productive uses. Participants noted the large share of the market that hydroelectric power has in Latin America, noting it is a clean energy source. Panelists also noted benefits of mini hydroelectric plants, highlighting their positive impacts: providing access to energy, reducing energy prices and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In the afternoon, a roundtable on solar energy analyzed developments in this field at the global level, focusing on productive applications in off-grid rural areas. Examples were provided of existing projects, barriers and constraints were examined, and future systems were described, capable of powering whole villages on a clean and efficient basis through AC coupling with photovoltaic plants.

The last roundtable addressed wind energy, describing pre-conditions for success and lessons learned, and highlighting existing potential in the region to improve the use of wind power and benefit from carbon market funding for renewable energy projects.

The four round tables were chaired by high level governmental representatives like Daniel Martinez, President of ANCAP (National Administration of Fuels, Alcohol and Cement), Uruguay –biomass and biofuels round table-; Jhonny Yánez, Governor of the State of Cojedes, Venezuela and Vice-president of OLAGI (Latin American Organization of Intermediate Governments) –hydro energy round table -; Jorge García, Vice Minister of Energy and Mining, Guatemala –solar round table- and Jerjes Mercado, Vice Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Bolivia –wind energy round table. The recently designated Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain, Joan Clos i Matheu closed the wind energy round table.

The meeting was closed by Tabaré Vázquez, President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, Enrique Iglesias Iberoamerican SEGIB Secretary General, Jorge Lepra, Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay, and UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella.

Enrique Iglesias highlighted the results of the meeting, noting the great potential for renewable energy in Latin America and reviewed the efforts by SEGIB to promote renewable resources, share successful experiences, and enhance regional cooperation.

President Tabaré Vázquez noted Latin America’s historical link between energy and politics, where resources were exploited by foreign companies and later nationalized as a strategy for national development. He highlighted that the main objectives of energy policies should be the rational management of resources and ensuring access to secure, permanent, quality and environmentally sustainable energy for all people. He noted that energy consumption doubled in the region during the past 25 years without an equivalent reduction in poverty levels, he emphasized the human development goal of energy production and the importance of acting strategically as a region to integrate energy supply for the benefit of the people in Latin America.



Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay

Enrique Iglesias SEGIB Secretary General and Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay


UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella and Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay applauded the successful completion of the meeting.

Overall potential of Biomass ans Bio-Fuels in the region: Successful experiences
The first roundtable reviewed the potential for biofuels, bioethanol and biodiesel to contribute to energy supply in Latin America. H.S Mukunda (Indian Institute of Science), Jaime Baeza Hernandez (biomass expert of the University of Concepción, Chile), Daniel Martinez (President of ANCAP, Uruguai - Moderator), Expedito José de Sá Parente (Director of TECBIO, State of Ceará, Brazil), Márcio Zimmermann (Secretary for Planning and Energy Development, Brazil)
Expedito José de Sá Parente, Director of TECBIO, State of Ceará, (Brazil)
Márcio Zimmermann, Secretary for Planning and Energy Development (Brazil)
H.S Mukunda, Indian Institute of Science
Hydro Energy: Overall potential in the region: Analysis of small hydro power plants as an instrument of rural electrification and productive uses
The panel on small hydroelectric power discussed its present and potential contribution to electricity provision in Latin America.
Jhony Yánez, Governor of Cojedes State and Vice-President of OLAGI, Venezuela (Moderator)
Tong Jiandong, Director of the International Center on Small Hydro Power in China)
Otto Leonel Garcia M., Finnish Alliance for Environment and Energy
Luis Héctor Valdez Báez, Valdez Ingenieros (Mexico)
Rafael de Ureňa Francés (Spain) Union Fenosa Generadora de la Joya, Costa Rica
Solar Energy: Overall potential with specific focus on productive applications in off-grid rural areas
Jorge García, Vice-Minister of Energy and Mines, Guatemala (Moderator)
Jan Kai Dobelmann, President, International Solar Energy Society, Germany
Jorge M. Huacuz Villamar, Director, Non-Conventional Energies Unit, Mexican Electric Research Institute
Ernesto Macías Galán, Sales and Marketing Director, Isofotón, and President of EPIA


Wind Energy: Best experiences and overall off-grid potential
Melchor Ruíz, Acciona Energía (Spain)
Joan Clos i Matheu, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain
Teodoro Monzón, GAMESA Energía (Spain)
Stefan Hantsch, President, WINDKRAFT (Austria)
Jerges Mercado, Vice-Minister for Electricity and Alternative Energies, Bolivia (Moderator)
Manuel Fuentes, IT Power (UK)


Renewable Energy Exhibition
The Renewable Energy Technical Exposition, held in parallel with the meeting, presented state-of-the-art technology from a wide variety of research areas, including wind power, photovoltaics, and bioenergy.
Daily web coverage: 26 September - 27 September
Related Links
  Conference's website
  UNIDO website
  Iberoamerican General Secretariat (SEGIB)
  Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM) of the Government of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay website
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