WEC Peru puts on major national energy forum

WEC Peru co-organised Energía 2012, Peru’s 10th International Energy Congress, in Lima on 2–4 May 2012.

The annual event provides a platform for energy executives, specialists, and authorities to discuss the status of and options for the growth and development of the electricity sector. Now in its 10th year, it is considered Peru’s most prestigious energy-related event.

This year’s event, with the theme of “Strategy and planning for growth”, covered a wide range of topics including the global financial crisis and its impact on energy investments, trends in the development of international energy markets, opportunities for electricity connection and interconnection, electricity supply and demand, and Peru’s energy plan.

The plenary sessions called attention to the significant challenges posed by the growth in energy demand and the current bottlenecks in supply.  The world financial crisis presents a new set of requirements – but also opportunities – to reform the system and to increase investment in the electricity sector.

WEC Peru Chairman, Guillermo Castillo Justo, moderated a roundtable discussion on corporate perspectives, investment into energy projects, and social responsibility. Castillo Justo served on the event’s advisory committee.  He said that the WEC Peruvian Committee was pleased to take part in this successful event.  “We expect to launch similar events to increase participation and support to the WEC’s activities in Peru, under the WEC’s objective of promoting dialogue among energy leaders and industry experts on critical developments in the energy sector,” he said.

Other advisory committee members included César Butrón Fernández, President of COES SINAC, the Peruvian independent system operator of electricity companies; Eduardo Zolezzi Chacón, World Bank consultant; Oscar Miranda, Executive Secretary of PECIER, Peru’s chapter of its Regional Energy Integration Commission, CIER; and Jaime Quijandría Salmón, from the law firm Laub & Quijandría.