- With the President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric, the event, organized by Generadoras de Chile, Asociación de Transmisoras de Chile, and Empresas Eléctricas A.G., was held at the Parque de la Familia de Parquemet in Quinta Normal.
Santiago, January 10, 2023 - Ministers of State, undersecretaries, parliamentarians, seremis, civil society, unions, communities, academics, and company representatives, a new version of the Annual Electric Energy Meeting was held, with the participation of the President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric.
This meeting, organized by Generadoras de Chile, Asociación de Transmisoras de Chile, and Empresas Eléctricas A.G., was held for the first time in an open space, the Parque de la Familia de Parquemet in Quinta Normal, and was attended by close to 400 people.
The meeting's objective was to highlight electric power's contribution to improving people's quality of life and the strategic role of this industry in the energy transition and use of renewable energies.
During his speech, President Boric emphasized that Chile has made Energy Policy a State Policy and reinforced the Government's commitment to move towards a greener energy industry, taking advantage of the country's potential, always in tune with the needs of each territory and people.
Similarly, the Minister of Energy, Diego Pardow, emphasized that "we are facing challenging times, and the energy sector is no stranger to them. The Electric Energy Meeting is necessary to continue the public-private dialogue and push for the construction of a more dynamic economy capable of generating quality jobs".
The Executive President of Generadoras de Chile, Claudio Seebach, said that "As a generation industry, we are leading on climate action thanks to the agreement to retire coal-fired plants responsibly. Our partner companies are driving the construction and development of a potential $23 billion portfolio of 100% renewable solar, wind, storage, and green hydrogen projects. These goals invite us to maintain an active public-private collaboration to address major challenges. It enables conditions such as obtaining permits, environmental assessment without lowering standards, a robust, resilient, and timely transmission and power grid, regulatory coherence in public policies, and permanent work in the territories so that energy and projects are good news for the communities".
For his part, the Executive Director of Transmisoras de Chile, Javier Tapia, highlighted "the importance of electricity transmission as an enabling condition for the decarbonization plans we have as a country. Under any foreseeable scenario, we need a safer, more resilient, and reliable grid". He stressed "the need to adequately plan the system for the coming decades, in addition to promoting some regulatory and permitting improvements, which we have been discussing with the authorities. From the private sector, our commitment is to always work with the best standards and to be good neighbors, showing that we are an essential part of the life of every Chilean man and woman".
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Empresas Eléctricas AG, Víctor Tavera, emphasized that "it is essential that Chilean families perceive the progress we make as a country in energy matters. Electricity distribution plays a key role since it is urgent to prepare the networks to enable the energy transition, to allow the growing electrification of consumption, the massive development of distributed resources, and a better service focused 100% on the customer".
Those presenting during the event include Susana García Mamani, an Aymara entrepreneur who carried out a community project related to clean energy. Also, Komal Dadlani, a Chilean scientist who has developed the relationship between science and education, and Kenzo Azahi, a professor and researcher, spoke about the link between energy, equity, and society's future challenges.
Exhibition open to the public
This year, the relationship between electricity and the territories and people was also highlighted. That is why there was an exhibition of 16 prominent people from each region, leaders in different areas of science and technology, society, energy, and communities.
The meeting left open to the public the art exhibition with stories from people representing different regions in Chile. The show presented their dream in energy matters, which local artists captured in a collection available to the public and that will be given to PARQUEMET so that it can be shown in the network of Parks of Santiago.