With the theme “The regulation of energy sectors at a time of paradigm shift – the Challenges facing the Community of Portuguese Language Countries,” the seventh RELOP meeting intends to accompany the signs of change in the energy sector, which is currently experiencing two major trends: the quickening of the integration of renewable energy technologies in electricity systems and the adoption of energy efficiency incentive programs.
“The new context results in important challenges to regulation, namely with regards to how to pay independent producers of renewable energy and the electricity distributed, as well as the cost of the interconnection and integration of energy storage mechanisms in electricity systems,” explains a document from Cape Verde’s Economic Regulation Agency (ARE), which is organizing the conference.
The conference is structured around three panels: the global panorama, electricity and renewable energies, and petroleum and natural gas. In the first, issues such as energy and climate change, the production and consumption of fossil fuels, technological development in the areas of electricity production and distribution, regulation and the development of energy infrastructures will be discussed.
In the second panel, conference participants will delve into regulatory tools aimed at encouraging the integration of renewable energies into electricity systems, while the final panel will be used to analyze trends and mechanisms in the regulation of fossil fuel and natural gas prices in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries member states.