Energy and the New Administration in the Dominican Republic

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CEI-RD, Centro de Exportacion e Inversion de Republica Dominicana, Santo Domingo
Av. Luperón, Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic

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The Danilo Medina government assumed office in August. Topping the list of priority policy areas for the new administration is energy, a vital, but complicated, cog in the Dominican Republic’s economy. Given the long-standing issues surrounding the sector, the government understands the need for action. Among the efforts under consideration are structural changes to the energy sector that include the creation of a new ministry of energy and mines, as well as a push to assess the nation’s offshore energy resource potential.

Over the last few years, the Dominican Republic strove to diversify its energy matrix via renewable energy projects and huge strides have been made incorporating natural gas. In addition, creating a culture of payment across all facets of the nation has been coupled with efforts to reverse years of inattention to system losses and lack of payment of electric bills. Power savings are critical as they underscore a fundamental challenge: the subsidy price tag. How the new Medina government intends to bring to bear further efforts on these fronts and broader structural modifications of the nation’s energy sector will be featured points of discussion during the forum.

Confirmed Speakers

Alvaro AtilanoPrincipal Executive, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Heather BerkmanAnalyst, Eurasia Group

Rubén BicharaExecutive Vice President, Comisión Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE)

Anthony T. BryanProfessor, Institute of International Relations, The University of the West Indies & Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Pelegrin Castillo SemánDeptuy, Chamber of Deputies 

Marco De La Rosa, President, AES Dominicana 

Abel MartínezChairman, Chamber of Deputies 

Temístocles Montas, Minister of Economy and Planning

José Luis Moreno, Energy Consultant

Milton MorrisonExecutive Vice President, Asociación Dominicana de la Industria Eléctrica (ADIE)

Pascual ProtaPresident, National Maritime Issues Authority 

Alfonso RodríguezDirector, Sales and Sustainability, Bio-Gen Corp Ltd & Business Development Manager, Wirsol Solar 

Juan Carlos RussoConsultant, Finance, Strategy, Energy and Environment

Viriato Sánchez, Principal Partner, VSA Consultores & former General Manager, Refidomsa

Sampo Suvisaari, General Manager, Wärtsilä North America

Roger TissotEnergy Economist & Fellow, Institute of the Americas


CAF InterEnergy Wartsila




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