The purpose of this report is to summarize ENRE’s official visit to California in terms of insights and knowledge acquired. The trip included a visit to the three pillars of the electric system in California: The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Visit of the Argentine delegation from ENRE to California
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time: 9:00am San Diego (11:00 am Quito time; GMT/UTC – 8 hours)
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez
A member of OPEC, Ecuador in many ways remains largely a hydrocarbons economy. The South American nation counts proven reserves of 8 billion barrels (BP 2016 estimate) and produces 517,000 barrels per day as of June 2018.
Regarding the power sector, Ecuador is known for having a robust transition system and is part of the Andean countries interconnection system or SINEA in Spanish (Sistema de Interconexión Eléctrica Andina | SINEA). The country’s electric sector is increasingly dominated by hydropower that grew from 49% to an estimated 83% last year. On the other hand, unconventional renewables remain below 2% of the country’s generation. Diversification of the energy matrix is key for countries such as Ecuador due to the seasonal nature of hydropower generation.
Under the Presidency of Lenín Moreno, Ecuador has proclaimed its interest in attracting international investment in all segments of the country’s energy and natural resources sector. Bid rounds in the oil sector are underway as are major efforts to attract a diverse range of investment in the nation’s power and mining sector.
As part of the reorientation of the Moreno´s government for the energy sector, the Ministry of Hydrocarbons, the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy as well as the Ministry of Mining are undergoing a major institutional reorganization that will lead to the establishment of one Ministry of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources. The Minister, Mr. Carlos Pérez will lead the Ecuadorian effort in generating a dynamic sector which fosters foreign investments, environmental consciousness and transparency. Taking a pragmatic approach that benefits all stakeholders, this sector is expected to become a driving force in the development of the country, where there will be opportunities for respected partners who want to be part in the new era of energy and resources in Ecuador.
For a webinar presentation with José Antonio Cepeda from Ecuador’s Ministry of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources, who currently serves as advisor to the Minister, OPEC National Representative and Member of the IEF Executive Board. He will share insights on the latest policy developments, investment opportunities and sector restructuring underway.
The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 12 at 9:00am San Diego (11:00 am Quito time; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Mr. Cepeda’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.
Over the past several years, Mexico has increased its use of natural gas for the generation of electricity. Natural gas is generally cheaper than alternative hydrocarbon fuels.