Chile appoints Board of new independent power operator as grid overhaul continues

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Chile has appointed five directors for the Board of its Independent Coordinator of the National Electric System, after its major transmission law upheaval.

The country passed a new law on electricity transmission in July in order to help the development of both renewable and non-renewable energy projects. Under the policy, which was entered into the Congress in October 2015, a new national interconnected power system was to be established alongside a new independent operator.

After a tender process, which started in August, 30 applicants to become part of the new independent operator have been evaluated and cut down to five positions:

  • Germán Henríquez Veliz, president, for five years.
  • Andrés Alonso Rivas, director, for three years.
  • Pilar Bravo Rivera, counselor, for three years.
  • Claudio Espinoza Moraga, director, for five years.
  • Jaime Peralta Rodriguez, director, for five years.

The directors will take office on 11 October and were drawn from across the country's existing power infrastructure sector.

At the time of the law being passed, Carlos Finat, executive director of the Chilean Renewable Energy Association (ACERA) said the modernisation of the Electricity Transmission Act was a long time coming. However, a new expansion of the system will help to distribute energy and allow clean energy being generated mostly in the north of the country to reach different regions of Chile.

Transmission future

Meanwhile, at a seminar entitled “The Future of Power Distribution”, executive secretary of the National Energy Commission (CNE), Andres Romero, said new regulation must have the needs of customers at its core, especially those looking to produce their own energy.

He added: “We are convinced that this is the right way to promote public policies: talking and discussing, to build first a common diagnosis and then find shared solutions.”

Future policy will also need to focus on areas such as smart metering, distributed generation and electric transport, Romero added.

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