New Chilean transmission law to be tackled by 80 experts

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Francisco Rojas 22 Jul 2014

Chile's National Energy Commission seeks the assistance of 80 experts via workgroups to create the fist draft on energy transmission in the country.

Chile’s National Energy Commission (CNE) aims to determine the regulatory changes that the new law about transmission-framed plans will need. In order to tackle this issue, it has asked for the expertise of 80 experts in order to draft the new law.

The executive secretary of the CNE, Andres Romero, said that four working groups that will be responsible for making recommendations and require technical studies providing expertise for the new law and also mentioned that it is expected to be completed in April or May next year.

The head of the CNE specified that these groups will discuss ideas on four pre-determined themes:

The expansion of network repositories and compensation (25 people);

Security technologies, continuity and quality of service (16);

Operation of the interconnected system (CDEC) (17), networks and territories (22).

He also explained that all instances will have the participation of teachers in the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC); Hugh Rudnick and David Watts.

Romero explained that the it was determined to have this specific approach to draft the new transmission law because “we wanted to rescue a positive practice that was made when the Criminal Procedure Reform, which ended in a less complex parliamentary process.”

These new workshops are added to those already formed the new government from regulating rates of gas networks.

According to what was stated in the Energy Agenda to changes in the transmission network, changes in criteria points-term planning and pricing will be assessed, among others, both in terms of the mechanism of compensation as cost allocation.

On this same topic, Romero said they want to focus on the remuneration model of transmission. He explained that while there may be a general consensus, studies simulating what would happen if changes are applied is required.

“We have to rethink the compensation system, there are some who propose a division of the costs for all consumers in the country.”

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Source: Diario La Tercera via Piensa en Geotermia