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Chilean Member Committee

The Chilean National Committee aims to promote sustainable energy development in Chile, as a part of the World Energy Council's energy vision. As a member of the World Energy Council network, the organisation is committed to representing the Chilean perspective within national, regional and global energy debates. The committee includes a variety of members to ensure that the diverse energy interests of Chile are appropriately represented. Members of the committee are invited to attend high-level events, participate in energy-focused study groups, contribute to technical research and be a part of the global energy dialogue.

Mr. Devillers has 20 years’ experience in the energy sector. Born in Belgium, he holds a Master in Law, a Business Management Degree, and a Master in Finance. Pierre began his career within the ENGIE group in 1996 where he exercised various functions in electricity generation and distribution.

In 2001 he joined the energy Trading & Portfolio Management division, where he coordinated the different functional activities; and founded & assumed the general management of Electrabel European Portfolio Management. In 2007, after leading an in-depth transformation program of the European HR organizations and processes, he became HR director for the Energy Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg & Germany business area.

In 2010, he was a core team member of the International Power - GDF Suez’ integration Office, preparing the merger between the two energy giants. Subsequent to the merger, he was appointed Senior Vice President Strategy, Markets & Sales, Human Resources and Communications for the Energy Latin America business area. After ENGIE´s reorganization in 2015, Pierre was appointed ENGIE´s Chief Customer Solutions Officer for Latin America Business Unit, as well as Country Manager for Chile.

Javiera Aldunate is a Designer from the Universidad Católica, she has an MBA from the Universidad del Desarrollo and has carried out several training programs at the Stanford University and Babson College. With great expertise in the field of visual communications, development of creative strategies and interdisciplinary project management, Javiera has been a teacher for more than 10 years in the areas of design thinking, design methodology, public responsibility and interdisciplinary project management.

Before her nomination as Executive Director of WEC Chile, she worked as Experience Director of GudCompany, in the development of value propositions of organizations and talent management. Currently, she also is a teacher at the Universidad del Desarrollo and part of Woom Up, in which she participates as a mentor of a network that encourage professional development of women in several industries.

Energy in Chile

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The 2019 iteration of Chile’s Issues Monitor reflects the country’s energy leader’s efforts to modernise their energy system and prepare the way to take advantage of new opportunities and solutions linked to innovation and technological development. These opportunities include: new sources of electricity generation, distributed generation and storage solutions, e-mobility, management of energy demand and a number of options that will be at the service of the economic and social progress of the country.

It is essential that modernising efforts do not only focus on digitalisation but also on universal access to energy services and decarbonising the energy mix. The first point requires a focus on the thousands of people who still do not have electricity in their homes, affecting their quality of life and development prospects. The second point drives the sector towards the gradual but definitive construction of a clean energy mix that allows green and low carbon growth for the Chilean economy. 

Energy Modernisation has been identified as relevant as it is focused on the country’s citizens. According to Chile’s energy leaders, it is necessary to promote innovation. Efforts in this direction include a technological surveillance unit which allows Chile to look ahead and follow what is being done internationally. This will in turn allow Chile to implement better solutions to the requirements of the country through new technologies such as data AI, blockchain and digitalisation.

The geographical characteristics of Chile offer significant renewable energy potential. The country is endowed with abundant water resources, high levels of solar radiation in the north and good wind conditions in certain areas. On the other hand, the development of renewables has allowed to adequately satisfy the energy demand and has quadrupled the supply of electricity in the last 25 years.  

Energy access appears with a high impact in comparison with last year’s results. The Ministry of Energy of Chile has integrated this issue on its action plans and is focusing on achieving universal access and developing an energy vulnerability national map. It is estimated that more than 15,000 families do not have access to electricity in rural and/or isolated locations, and another 15,000 have partial or dependent supply of diesel. Additionally, 12% of the population does not have access hot water, which increases to 31% in rural areas.

At the beginning of 2018, Chile began to apply blockchain technology to the energy sector to improve the data records. One of the benefits is being able to manage data and access it easily, in a secure manner. Information was included on the capacity of the national electrical installation, average market prices, marginal costs, among others.

Chile is considered as South America’s most stable and prosperous nation, leading Latin American nations in competitiveness, income per capita, globalisation and economic freedom. Inflation is expected to stabilise due to the rising of the oil prices. Although economic growth is gradually accelerating, global market pressures have had a significant impact on the country. During 2018, political and economic uncertainties had decreased with the end of the electoral cycle. Based on the above, the work on a Map of the Energy Vulnerability in Chile (Mapa de Vulnerabilidad Energética), takes strength with the development of a survey and diagnosis of families that do not have electricity and other relevant energy services in their homes. This is expected to inform the actions of the Ministry of Energy and public institutions which are aligned around this challenge. By developing actions focused on reaching the population that do not have basic energy services, it will be possible to increase the levels of productivity and dynamism of the economy through investment that will improve the economic growth.

The electricity market is experiencing profound technological changes, which is why it is necessary to develop a market design that enables the efficient development of distributed energy resources, such as distributed generation, management of the demand and energy storage distribution. It is necessary to improve the regulatory framework associated with distributed generation, based on the findings and evaluations obtained from monitoring the market through improvements to the regulation of the generation legislation.

Innovative Transport: 35% of final energy consumption in Chile corresponds to the transport sector. From this, 98% corresponds to petroleum derivatives, making it responsible for about 20% of the total GHG emissions in the country. Current forms of transport also have an important local impact due to the pollution produced by consumption in urban areas. In this context, there is a need to implement public policies aimed at an efficient and sustainable use of energy in the transport sector, in line with the trend of the Energy Transition towards low-carbon and more sustainable economies. This will directly reduce GHG emissions, while diminishing Chile’s dependence on imported fuels. On this regard, the Ministry of Energy has developed a public policy to replace the vehicles of some governmental institutions to electric vehicles which reduces tare more environmentally efficient and improve the use of this technology from the public perspective. 

The relevance and the constant transformation that Chile’s energy sector is undergoing forces us to have a strategic and long-term view, with a country vision on the direction energy policy must take. This challenge implies understanding the current energy reality, which represents a completely different scenario from what Chile has experienced some years ago.

The challenges presented to us today are framed by the current logic of the accelerated development of the sector, making them increasingly complex. It becomes therefore imperative to look for innovate solutions with a participatory and decentralised approach. Energy leaders in Chile are increasingly focusing on working on solutions with respond directly to Chilean’ evolving needs. 


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