• The authorities present signed an agreement in which they committed to working together in the development of an alliance for the exchange of knowledge and good practices in matters of clean energy and climate change.
Contribute and share the vision on renewable energies and the electrical transmission systems of the Atacama (Chile) and Catamarca (Argentina) regions – which are border neighbors and share similar geomorphological conditions – in the framework of climate change mitigation, was the objective of the international seminar that brought together national and regional authorities, as well as those from the provinces of Catamarca and La Rioja, in Argentina.
The Undersecretary of Energy, Julio Maturana, stated that energy integration with countries like Argentina “is very important for us because, first, we can expand territorial development, which is key due to the issue of decentralization, and, on the other hand, because when we regionally expand trade, cooperation in different fields, there is always growth, both for people and for countries. We believe that it is important to start advancing in these projects that are also so heartfelt for both localities”.
“This region is very important for the country in terms of renewable energy, it is one of the regions that contributes the most in renewable energy to the country, solar, wind, among others, and therefore, a connection with the Argentine brothers, or even to places where energy is not reaching today, it implies bringing renewable energies to places where fossil fuels are being used today, for example, it implies removing greenhouse gas emissions from the planet and that is an effort that we not only have to make as a Government , as a State responsibility, but rather it is a responsibility for each of the Chilean men and women who inhabit our territory and also, with the Argentine brothers and sisters”.
Meanwhile, Rubén Roberto Dussó, Vice Governor of Catamarca, pointed out that: “Today we do not have an interconnection between the two countries and we are working here to make that happen, not only that the intervention be physical but that experiences are exchanged and that what one (of the countries) takes forward is shared with the other parts of the region, because we have been doing it in many facets, in the commercial, productive, regional management facet in what has to do with culture, sport, not only with economic activity or business. For this reason, we have come to see and share what are the experiences that our Chilean brothers have already advanced or that have the possibility of going to the territory, of being able to supply, although these are relationships between private parties, it is our obligation as a State to make these possibilities viable. of connectivity”.
Natalia Penroz seremi of Environment, mentioned that “one of the main generators of greenhouse gases that cause climate change is the energy area, so trying to find ways to mitigate climate change in this area is essential”
Finally, the SEREMI of Energy, Cecilia Sánchez highlighted that “according to the Energy Policy 2050 of the Ministry of Energy, the role of international energy integrations is key, since it allows to provide greater flexibility and security to energy systems. The long-term vision is for Chile to interconnect energetically with the rest of the South American countries. In fact, it is hoped that, by the year 2035, the interconnection of our country with the countries of the South American continent will be a reality”.
On the occasion, the undersecretary of Energy, Julio Maturana, the vice governor of Catamarca, Rubén Roberto Dussó, the regional presidential delegate, Gerardo Tapia, and the seremis of Energy and Environment, Cecilia Sánchez and Natalia Penroz, respectively, signed an agreement in which they committed to working together in the development of an alliance for the exchange of knowledge and good practices in matters of clean energy and climate change, in order to improve the quality of life of the citizens of the region of Atacama and the Province of Catamarca.
It should be noted that the activity was also attended by Senator Yasna Provoste, from the provincial deputies of La Rioja, Hugo Páez and Carlos Fernández; the Secretary of Energy of Catamarca, Máximo Ramírez; the director of studies and electrical projects Secretary of Energy of the province of Catamarca, Alejandro Bepre; and the president of Catamarca Minera y Energética Sociedad del Estado-Camyen, Jorge Solá, representatives of the public and private sectors, academia and university students.
EXHIBITIONS AND DEBATE FORUM
During the seminar “Renewable Energies and Electric Transmission Systems in the Atacama Region and Catamarca Province: A Local Contribution in the Mitigation of Climate Change”, it featured presentations by Gustavo Labbé Rubio, head of the Belt and Transmission Unit of the Ministry of Energy, who referred to slots and resilience of the transmission systems; Natalia Penroz, who delivered a national context for climate change mitigation; Alejandra Tello, academic and researcher at the University of Atacama who spoke about Green Hydrogen; the Secretary of Energy of Catamarca, Máximo Ramírez; the director of studies and electrical projects Secretary of Energy of the province of Catamarca, Alejandro Bepre; Andrés Barentin Calvo, president of the Association of Electric Vehicles of Chile – AVEC who presented a presentation on Electromobility as Climate Change Mitigation. Finally, the debate forum featured a panel of experts led by the Undersecretary of Energy, Julio Maturana.
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