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Strengthening Capacity in National Energy Planning

Strengthening Capacity in National Energy Planning

State 

completed

Date 

1 April, 2017 to 30 January, 2018

Country 

Peru

Region 

Latin America

Summary

On the back of a booming economy, energy demand in Peru has been constantly increasing and this trend is expected to continue in line with GDP growth. Currently, Peru relies on hydropower and natural gas for electricity production; however the challenge is to increase power production while ensuring energy security and sustainability. An increased shared of renewable energies in the energy mix is therefore one of the priorities of the Government. Despite the Peruvian NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) commitment to reduce up to 30% of its total CO₂ emissions by 2030, power generation by fossil fuels has been increasing since 2005. Energy access is another important issue for the Government, as Peru still has nearly 10% of the population without electricity access – the third highest rate in Latin America after Haiti and Brazil.

To address this situation, Peru has set out to develop a coherent and coordinated long-term energy plan that addresses these challenges and envisions a sustainable and robust energy infrastructure, enhances the use of renewable energy sources and closes the electricity access gap in rural areas. The Government of Peru has launched several programmes with international support while different, and so far uncoordinated, consultancies have been contracted to carry out the work. One of them is the Programme for the Efficient and Sustainable Management of Energy Resources of Peru (PROSEMER) which aims to strengthen the capacity of the Peruvian Government to manage energy resources efficiently and foresees as well the creation of an Energy Planning Agency. At the same time, the Government is preparing a number of voluntary NAMAs (National Appropriate Mitigation Actions) in the energy sector, with the twofold aim to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix and to meet the country’s NDCs.

In August 2016, the Directorate General for Energy Efficiency (DGEE), the entity in charge of leading the energy planning process within the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM), requested support to the EUEI PDF to:

  • closely supervise the different consultancy services in order to make sure that the expected results are achieved and coordinated; 
  • strengthen the capacities of the MINEM staff that at later stage will be part of the expected Energy Planning Agency to apply methodologies suitable for developing national long-term energy sector planning and information systems. To ensure gender balance in the new Energy Planning Agency, at least 30% of the staff trained had to be women. To work towards the sustainability of the project, also a training of trainers in energy planning and modelling for two Peruvian universities was organised.

The EUEI PDF’s activity contributed directly to SDG7 by ensuring in the medium term the access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all as well as the transformation to sustainable energy systems. The empowerment of public officials in the energy sector and academia to apply adequate methodologies for sustainable energy planning ensures the long-term sustainability of the country’s future energy planning interventions, hereby contributing to national energy and climate change targets (SDG13).

Presentations and training material used during the project can be requested at info@euei-pdf.org.

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