The ACCIONA Microenergia foundation in a meeting with Latin-American energy regulators

Madrid (Spain).- The ‘Workshop on Universal Access to Energy. The Off-grid Rural Electrification’ was developed by the Iberian American Association of Energy Regulators (so called ARIAE), the initiative ‘Table on Universal Access to Energy’ –of which the ACCIONA Microenergia foundation is a member-, the National Commission of Markets and Competition of Spain (so called CNMC) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (so called AECID).

More than forty participants from fifteen countries, including representatives from Bolivia, Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico and Spain energy regulators, attended the Workshop on Universal Access to Energy. The Off-grid Rural Electrification developed in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). During three days, these representatives together with professionals from national authorities and organizations working for the universal access debated the current framework, and future actions and regulations that would close the gap in Latin America, where the lack of electrification is mainly in isolated rural communities.

The ACCIONA Microenergia foundation participated in this forum with two representatives. Julio Eisman, Managing Director, presented “Basic problems of the Off-grid Rural Electrification” showing the current situation in Latin America, the challenges to face and what is necessary to overcome them, and the impacts of the rural electrification on users, based on data obtained from the ‘Luz en Casa’ programmes. And Jose Gabriel Martin, Project Manager, contributed, together with other participants, to a “Presentation of experiences” where he shared the rural electrification programmes ‘Luz en Casa’ developed in Cajamarca (Peru) and Oaxaca (Mexico).

In addition, as a side event of the workshop, an open session was developed with the name “Conference on Universal Access to Energy. The Off-Grid Rural Electrification”, where Julio Eisman presented the context of the isolated rural communities, what means access to energy for them and the challenges and necessary solutions to close de gap in these settings. The presentation (in Spanish) can be watched in the following video:

And, here is the short interview to Mr Eisman (in Spanish), as one of the experts who went to the event:

Entrevista en Seminario ERA Bolivia


The main conclusions of this workshop were:

From an operational view, the urgency to attend isolated rural communities, the necessity of integrating public policies, private initiative and user participation, and the importance of adapting the supply to the demand.

From the regulation perspective, it is necessary to be more efficient, allowing new models to achieve the universal access, adding new regulatory mechanisms, and reinforcing the communication between regulators, as well as having regulations which must be flexible so as to consider the off-grid systems, and the special behavior of the rural users, and adaptable to technological advances and energy policies.

In respect of the specific situation in the Amazonia, the possibility of developing a common initiative including every involved country was suggested. This needs to coordinate strategies, technologies, models… always bearing in mind the diversity and participation of the Amazonian communities, as well as the incorporation of clean technologies, such as solar, to replace the current diesel solutions.

The last conclusion was that diversifying services in the value chain is necessary to achieve the goal, increasing the supply to generate more income and usefulness to the user. In addition, the technology must have quality-certified equipment and integrate IT in the management, and the actions must be coordinated with public authorities in the identification of attention areas and the operation.

ACCIONA Microenergia and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are included in the 2030 Agenda, a 15-year plan of action that favours the people, the planet and the prosperity. There are 17 SDG which are integrated and indivisible and that comprise the three dimensions of the Development: economic, social and environmental.

The rural electrification programmes of the ACCIONA Microenergia foundation impact on those three dimensions, and directly on the SDG 7, Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

By participating in this workshop, the SDG17, Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, is impacted too: organizations from different sectors and countries have shared point of views and experiences to achieve the universal access to energy in Latin America, that will contribute to the development of the region.

It is the ACCIONA’s corporate foundation and has as objective the development cooperation, through the promotion of the access to basic services and infrastructures of people and communities that have no expectations of covering those needs.