Focus Session

Regional focus: South America

What is driving growth in South America?

Thursday 16 May 2019 | 12:45-13:35

South America remains the second region worldwide in hydropower capacity increase. Led by Brazil, the region accounts for approximately 15 per cent of world’s installed capacity and generation.

Colombia is at the forefront of clean energy systems worldwide being ranked 8th in the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI) which measures countries’ ability to deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy.

Government ambitious targets to decarbonise the energy matrix foster the hydropower development in particular in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

The El Niño meteorological event hit South America heavily in 2017, leaving ten times more rainfall than usual in the west coast while Brazil experienced the fourth consecutive year of drought. Long-distance regional interconnections between the region’s countries would strength the hydropower sector and are under consideration.

Session objectives:

This session will present the latest trends and developments shaping the region including:

  • an overview highlighting where capacity has been added, project developments and policy updates; and
  • short deep dives into developments occurring in Brazil, Colombia, and Bolivia led by local experts.

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