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June 02, 2017

To know what will happen in the next few years in the national electricity market and how to operate the distribution systems for businesses were some of the topics covered in the seminar entitled "Perspectives of the Electricity Market and Its Impact on the Regional Industry", held at the Talca Campus and organized by the Department of Engineering and the Community Energy Foundation.
 
 
Among the speakers were governmental authorities, businessmen, academics and professionals from companies limked to the energy sector, who agreed to deliver a positive balance of the new regulations that were incorporated in this market in the last few years.
 
 
"There are clear energy policies, where there are concrete goals that are being monitored and which have brought favorable effects, like for example, the decrease in prices in transactions of electrical energy as well as in terms of the increase in the percentage of electricity generation through clean energy," said the director of the School of Electrical Civil Engineering, Cristián Mardones.
 
 
The Large Customers Area Leader from the ENEL Distribution company, Rodrigo Cabrera, agreed with this balance and explained that, in the case of the distribution companies, one of their biggest challenges is to rethink their role. "This is a market that is changing and is very dynamic, so one must be attentive to the penetration of electric mobility that has to do with the new technologies related to the generation, such as solar panels, or other innovations that appear," he said.
 
 
One of the aspects most valued by those attending the meeting - professionals and entrepreneurs together with academics and students - was the dialog generated between the various actors concerned in this sector.
 
 
The Dean of the Department of Engineering, Claudio Tenreiro, stressed the importance of such a link that allows promoting and implementing innovations. "We have teams that are very well trained in the University, who are developing initiatives that can be incorporated by the companies in areas such as power electronics, so that these meetings allow these organizations to know what we are doing and for us to be aware of their requirements," he said.
 
 
The president of the Community Energy Foundation, Gustavo Pinto, appreciated the opportunity for participants to learn about new technologies available on the market. "We hope that this type of meetings take place in other regions, too, and involving all stakeholders in both the public sector, the private sector and the academic sector which is the cradle of knowledge, in this way we can advance and generate appropriate regulations," he said.
 
 
For the director of the School of Civil Engineering, students who attended acquired an experience that enriches them to observe the interaction between the participants. "This is a very interesting experience for our students, since there was a high level of dialog and consultations between the speakers and participants, which makes clear the importance of the electricity market for all types of economic activities," he said.



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