Several senior representatives and energy policy makers from across South America have met to identify the steps that are essential in the process of integrating high and rising levels of renewable energies from inconsistent sources, such as wind and solar, into their grids. Conducted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) with the support of the Argentinian Ministry of Energy and Mining, this four-day workshop is being held in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, where many representatives from various countries in South America, such as Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay, are gathered.
The workshop was aimed at initiating a dialogue on exchanging the prominent and efficient regional and global practices for planning and demonstrating variable renewable energy between IRENA and representatives as the region looks towards expanding its capacity for renewable energy generation further. In the recent years, South America has witnessed an impressive rise in non-hydropower renewables, with installed capacity increasing more than threefold between 2006 and 2015, going up from 10 GW to 36 GW.
Sebastian Kind, the undersecretary of renewable energy at the Ministry of Energy and Mining in Argentina, stated that it was an honor for them to welcome IRENA for the promotion of the sharing of experiences related to the planning of energy and the fusion of renewable energies in various South American countries for long-term benefits. “South America owns a dynamic market for renewable energy, and in various countries across the region, increasing the contribution of renewable energy to the imminent energy mix is a prominent policy priority,” stated Dolf Gielen, the director of Innovation and Technology Center of IRENA.