The Conference Organizing Committee is working in the planning of the following high-value Panels

Challenges and opportunities of the integration of renewable energies in Latin America

Motivated by more responsible and environmentally friendly electricity production, governments around the world have enacted legislation to increase electricity generation through renewable energies. However, integrating renewable energies into existing power grids presents significant challenges in the operation of electrical systems because their intermittent, stochastic, and non-dispatchable nature creates imbalances between the energy supplied and demanded, affecting all agents in the system. One way to address the challenge of variability and uncertainty is through operating reserves. However, the reserve requirements increase as the amount of renewable energy used grows, which may be economically infeasible. In this way, achieving ambitious energy penetration objectives will require implementing innovative planning, operation, and control strategies for electrical systems, which will be discussed in this panel.

Challenges and Opportunities of Electrical Distribution Systems

Electric power distribution systems are facing new challenges due to the rise of renewable energy sources, energy storage systems, and electric vehicles. These challenges are further compounded by the need for greater resilience to extreme weather events. As a result, the operation of the distribution system becomes more complex due to higher congestion in the network, significant voltage variations, and the need for better coordination of protection settings. To address these challenges, automation and measurement infrastructure advances are being used to create intelligent distribution systems. This panel will discuss strategic investment in network infrastructure, updating monitoring and control systems, new business models, and changes to policies and regulations that enable the transition from a passive to an active and intelligent distribution network.

Experiences of the operational policies of the control entities of CENACE, CAISO, ERCOT, Chile

Energy control centers are responsible for decision-making that guarantees an interconnected electrical system’s normal and economical operation. The change in operational paradigm that electrical systems face due to the energy transition, the electrification of demand, delays in the expansion of the transmission structure, and greater availability of available data leads to redesigning operational policies and the decision-making in control centers. In this context, this panel discusses the experiences of the control centers in the face of this change in operational paradigm and how new technologies can be integrated to operate the electrical system appropriately in real-time.

Review of the resilience plans in the Distribution and Transmission networks of LA

Extreme events like hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods significantly impact the operational security of electrical systems by causing long power interruption times and significant damage to electrical infrastructure. Therefore, designing resilience strategies in electrical infrastructure to minimize prolonged power outages and losses of critical services is essential. This panel will discuss the efforts being made by electric companies to improve the resilience of their systems, which leads to minimized social and economic losses during severe weather events.