First Plenary Panel Session
Chairman in the Supervisory Organization for Investment in Energy and Mines – Osinergmin
Jaime R. Mendoza has an Electrical Engineer degree from Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (Peru), Master in Economics, Regulation and Competition in Public Services at the Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), Master in Business Administration MBA, ESAN (Peru) and PhD Candidate in Research in Management Sciences, ESAN (Peru). He has also studied international specialization in Technology and Management of the Canadian Natural Gas Petroleum Institute (Canada), Business Regulation at the University of Florida (USA) and Energy Policy and Environmental Analysis and Management in The University of Harvard (USA).
Currently, he is the Chairman in the Supervisory Organization for Investment in Energy and Mines – Osinergmin. He has more than 30 years of experience in operational areas and regulation of the energy sector and he is speaker at public hearings on issues related to electricity markets, regulation of electricity rates in Peru and energy regulatory framework. He has been a member of the committee for supervising tenders for long-term electricity supply with conventional energy and chairman of the committee for the auction processes with renewable energy.
He is also a teacher in postgraduate courses related to Energy Management and Public Management. He is an audience speaker and lecturer at national and international seminars related to electricity markets, regulation of electricity rates and the regulatory framework of the energy sector.
Expert Commissioner at Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission of Colombia – CREG
José Fernando Prada
Jose Fernando Prada is a senior energy specialist with broad experience in regulation, management and operation of energy markets and the electric power industry.
Before joining CREG he worked as a Senior Consultant and Researcher, advising private companies and public entities in different countries on topics related to energy markets regulation and activities, power systems planning and operation, finance and rate setting practices, and on management and performance of utility companies. Previously, he was the regulation and markets division head of KEMA Consulting in Latin America, and served as principal advisor of CREG.
He has a Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Prada is electrical engineer from the National University of Colombia and financial specialist from EAFIT university.
He has been a university lecturer on electricity regulation and markets and has published several peer-reviewed technical papers. Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its Power and Energy Society (PES), and member of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).
Regulation Specialist at Agency for the Regulation and Control of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources (ARCERNNR)
Geovanny Pardo Salazar
Electrical Engineer from the National Polytechnic School, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and postgraduate studies in Regulatory Economics. He has also been a professor at the Salesiana Polytechnic University, at the School of Electrical Engineering, in the areas of electrical machines and power systems.
He joined the Regulatory of the Ecuadorian Electricity Sector in 1998, holding the positions of Director of Regulation, Director of Electrical and Energy Studies, National Director of Technical Regulation and National Coordinator of Regulation of the Electricity Sector.
In more than 22 years of experience in the electricity sector, he has also collaborated in the National Electricity Corporation (CNEL EP) as Advisor to the General Management, with the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy as Director of Distribution of Electric Energy, and with the Electric Corporation of Ecuador (CELEC EP) as Manager of TRANSELECTRIC and Manager of COCA CODO SINCLAIR.
At the Regulator, currently the Agency for the Regulation and Control of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources (ARCERNNR), he has been in charge of developing regulations for the operation of the electricity market, international electricity transactions, development of non-conventional renewable energies, free access to transmission and distribution systems, quality of service in transmission, electric mobility, among others.
CEO & Founder of FSET
Fabiola Sena is founder of FSET, a consulting firm specialized in Brazilian power market and regulation, and co-founder of A Nova Energia, an edtech oriented for Brazilian energy market. She has bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC. Before founding FSET and A Nova Energia, Fabiola worked 20 years as executive for international companies in the energy sector. She has more than 25 years of experience in electricity markets, deep knowledge in the Brazilian regulation, market intelligence and governmental affairs. She participated in several due diligences for M&As, giving support to business development of renewable energy plants, advising for strategies in energy trading, sales, and bidding in auctions. Fabiola has broad experience as speaker, professor, and participation as Member of Examination Committees in 20+ Master and PhD qualifications.
Research and professor of Universidad del Pacífico, Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru and Postgrade School of Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)
Moderator: Gonzalo Tamayo
Mr. Gonzalo Tamayo is a bachelor and licentiate in Economics of Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru and Master of Arts in Economy, PhD Studies from the University of California, USA. He is also an expert in finance and economic assessment in infrastructure markets.
Mr. Tamayo has been appointed as Minister of Energy and Mines of Peru, and he also was appointed as board member of several institutions such as Cofide, OSIPTEL, Electroperú and Reserved Consolidated Fund. During last 20 years, he has led and joined several economic studies in electricity, hydrocarbon, transport, logistics and capital market industries and he was involved in development of several studies between government institutions local and international as well with private customers. He is also a professor of Universidad del Pacífico, Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru and Postgrade School of Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC).
Mr. Tamayo is active in academic research and publications, he also became a renowned speaker and presenter in seminars and writes articles in diverse peruvian communication media.
Second Plenary Panel Session
Specialist Operation Programming at XM SA
Jaime A Castillo M, Electrical Engineer graduated from the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería, specialist in regulation in the electricity sector from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janiero and Master in Economics from the Universidad EAFIT.
He’s been cooperating with XM S.A. E.S.P. (Colombian Independent System Operator market administrator) since 14 year ago, time frame where Jaime has performed roles such as Specialist Operation Programming and Director Operation Planning.
Among his main interests are the regulation of market integration where he has had the chance to work in consulting processes of regulatory interphases of national markets to the regional electric market of Central America, regulatory proposals for the integration of markets Colombia-Panamá and the regional regulatory development in the framework of the Decision CAN 816 (on going). Since two years ago Jaime’s been venturing into the battery energy storage systems.
Executive President of the National Grid Operator – COES
Graduated as Mechanical and Electricity engineer from the Universidad National de Ingeniería, Lima, Perú. MSc in Public Services Regulations in the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Mr Butron has 36 years of experience int the electricity sector in Perú. He has been appointed for several directive positions in public generation, transmission, and distribution utilities. Since 2008, Mr Butron is the executive president of the National Grid Operator (COES) board in Perú.
Power System Analyst of the El Salvador’s independent system operator
Miguel Morales is a Salvadoran electrical engineer, who graduated from Universidad Centroamericana, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the same university. As part of his professional career, he has worked at El Salvador’s independent system operator Unidad de Transacciones since 2014. At this company, he holds experience both as a power system operator and as a power system analyst.
As a power system analyst, Miguel Morales has worked in several activities and projects: he was part of the team in charge of implementing a PMU/WAMS system in El Salvador, he has also worked performing security analysis for outages requests. Additionally, he has been responsible for creating a new training and certification program for operators. Currently, he is in charge of verifying the compliance of new plants with the grid code, including renewable plants and battery energy storage systems, to approve their connection to the power network.
Among his professional interests, there can be mentioned the operation of grids with high renewable energy penetration, SCADA/EMS applications, and training and simulation tools.
Manager of the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department at Sandia National Laboratories
Babu Chalamala (Fellow, IEEE) is Head of the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department and Program Manager for grid energy storage at Sandia National Laboratories. Prior to joining Sandia in 2015, he was a Corporate Fellow of MEMC Electronic Materials, where he led R&D and product development in grid scale energy storage for five years. Before that, he founded two startup companies commercializing large format lithium batteries and digital X-ray sources. Earlier, he was a Research Staff Member at Motorola and Texas Instruments, where he made contributions microelectronics and flat panel display technologies.
He is an IEEE Fellow and currently serves as Chair of IEEE PES Energy Storage and Stationary Battery Committee. He has served on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Access, and IEEE Journal of Display Technology and as a member of the IEEE Fellow Committee. He is a currently a Senior Editor of IEEE Access. He authored over 120 published articles and awarded 9 US patents. He received the B.Tech. degree in electronics and communications engineering from Sri Venkateswara University and the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of North Texas.
Coordinator of Electrical Operational Planning of the National Electricity Control Center of Costa Rica – CENCE
Moderator: Juan Carlos Montero
Juan Carlos Montero is the Coordinator of Electrical Operational Planning of the National Electricity Control Center of Costa Rica (CENCE). Mr. Montero is the former Vice President of Membership and Image for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and where he also held various other volunteer leadership roles locally and internationally. Mr. Montero received a Bachelor and Licentiate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica. Mr. Montero is a IEEE senior member.
Third Plenary Panel Session
Lead Power System Analytics Engineer at Smart Wires Inc.
Alejandro Duque received Bachelor’s and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering, both from Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira (Colombia) and a MS degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). He is presently a Lead Power Systems Analytics Engineer in the Products and Solutions Analytics team at Smart Wires, a US-based company dedicated to design and manufacture novel power flow control technology.
Prior to joining Smart Wires, Alejandro worked for 6 years at ISA in Colombia, he was part of the real-time operation teams for both Intercolombia – ISA’s utility branch in Colombia – and XM – ISA’s ISO branch in Colombia-, where he was in charge of monitoring and controlling Colombia’s National Interconnected System.
Alejandro leads an interdisciplinary team of Transmission Planning and Software Engineers, who run advanced transmission planning studies, automate, optimize, and build reproducible data analysis pipelines for transmission planning and operation to enable the integration of existing and new emerging technologies in power systems.
Professor in Power Systems at the University of Costa Rica
Gustavo Valverde (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Costa Rica in 2005, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical power systems from the University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the University of Liege, Belgium, and ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Currently, he is a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Costa Rica. His research interests include voltage control and stability, smart grids, the integration of renewables, and DER. He also serves as an associate editor for IEEE Trans. on Sustainable Energy and the Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy.
Vice President and Head of Advanced Technology Integration Area at Quanta Technology
Farid Katiraei, P.Eng, Ph.D. is Vice President of Advanced Technology Integration and head of this business area for Quanta Technology. He has more than 17 years of professional experience in the areas of distributed and renewable energy resources, microgrids, and applications of power electronics in power systems for non-wires alternatives. In the recent years, Farid has been the technical leads for design, development and integration of several innovative grid modernization projects for utilities in North America involving renewable technologies, energy storage, electric vehicle charging networks, advanced distribution automation, and community microgrids.
Farid has received his PhD from University of Toronto. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, steering committee member of the international microgrid symposium, and active participant in several technical working groups and standards development taskforces within IEEE, IEC and CIGRE. Farid has acted as co-chair and taskforce coordination in various IEEE standard development working groups. Farid is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and Alberta, Canada.
Vice President for the Energy Sector at Quanta Service Latin America
Moderator: Hans Candia
He has a Master in Science in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, specializing in Power Systems. He is registered as a Licensed Engineer, PE, in the United States.
Presently he is Vice President for the Energy Sector for Quanta Services Latin America. He has led and managed engineering groups and commissioning for transmission projects in North America and International. He has specialized in the execution of large EPC Substation and Transmission projects in the United States and in Latin America. He has held technical and management positions in leading international companies in transmission technologies.
He has taught Master Level courses in the areas of Power System and Protection & Control courses. He has participated and contributed in various technical groups in the IEEE and CIGRE organizations.