Latin America has made considerable progress in electrical integration. Recent estimates indicate that in the last 20 years the installed interconnection capacity increased tenfold, from 500 MW in 1995 to 5000 MW in 2014. Note that such achievements have formed part of various regional and global integration strategies in the countries in the region. However, this … [Read more...] about 4 Major Challenges of Regional Interconnection Projects
Why are Hybrid Energy Systems Important for Latin America and the Caribbean?
Latin America and the Caribbean is a region with high potential for renewable energy of all kinds. However, there are still gaps in terms of access to electricity access. Approximately 24 million people still have no electricity access, while others have access with very low quality, particularly in isolated systems. In this context, hybrid systems are a real cost effective … [Read more...] about Why are Hybrid Energy Systems Important for Latin America and the Caribbean?
What are the Challenges of International Electricity Interconnections?
One of the key priorities of Latin America and Caribbean countries is to advance their international position competitively. Among the most important components of that advancement is electrical integration among the countries of the region. By allowing the commercial exchange of electricity among countries, this work provides major economic, social, and environmental benefits. … [Read more...] about What are the Challenges of International Electricity Interconnections?
5 Ways Energy Efficient Lighting Contributes to Strong Communities
Some 30 million Latin Americans lack access to electricity. At the same time, many areas in cities or surrounding cities have limited access to electricity services. This is especially true for public spaces like, parks, sports fields, and community centers. A new program called “Light Up Your Life” seeks to address the issue of limited public lighting in public spaces by … [Read more...] about 5 Ways Energy Efficient Lighting Contributes to Strong Communities
50 Shades of Grid: Why is a Shared Economy Sexy?
The term shared economy is a buzzword. Today it does not seem strange to share transportation via platforms like Uber, or even to share something as intimate as our home via Airbnb. This is just another consequence of Internet technology, which has facilitated greater interconnection between people to help with their daily needs. Although these new service providers encounter … [Read more...] about 50 Shades of Grid: Why is a Shared Economy Sexy?