OLADE, UNIDO Hold Technical Meeting of the Renewable Energy Observatory for LAC

8 April 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) held the Second Technical Meeting of the Renewable Energy Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean from 29-31 March 2011, in Asunción, Paraguay.

The Meeting aimed to discuss progress in implementing the Observatory, share lessons learned and consider its future, particularly the role of OLADE in its implementation. Support for the Meeting was provided by OLADE, the Government of Spain, and Itaipú Binational, the Brazilian-Paraguayan enterprise that runs one of the world's largest hydroelectric dams.

The Meeting focused particularly on creating a portfolio of projects related to renewable energy and the possible role of OLADE in the Observatory, particularly in the dissemination of information regarding the projects.

The Observatory was first conceived at a September 2006 Iberoamerican Ministerial Meeting organized by UNIDO, the Iberoamerican General Secretariat (SEGIB) and Uruguay's Ministry of Energy and Mines. It was formally launched at the First Technical Meeting held in 2009. Currently, 12 countries participate in the Observatory: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

The Observatory aims to create a knowledge platform that mitigates barriers to renewable energy development in LAC by providing information on technologies, periodic assessments of the state of the art in the renewable energy field, and LAC renewable resource maps, and identifies key financial models, mechanisms and facilities. [OLADE Press Release (in Spanish)] [Technical Meeting Presentations (in Spanish)]