Factsheet: PROURE


Key Information
The MME created in 2010 the Rational and Efficient Use of Energy Program (PROURE), which is oriented to diminish the energy intensity, improve the efficiency and promote the non-conventional energy. This action plan has a 10 year time horizon. From 2010 to 2015, the program’s aim is to define strategies and projects focused on the objectives of the plan; while in the next five years those strategies would start to be implemented. The main guidelines of the program related with the energy sector are listed below. - Development of tax and economic incentives, and a sanctions regime for waste of energy, breaching of current regulations and tricking to the final user. - Promoting academic training in energy efficiency. - Capacity building for technological development, innovation and knowledge management in the productive sector, in order to consolidate a culture of sustainable energy. - Promoting the awareness of the availability of conventional and non-conventional energy sources. - Promoting the adoption of new technological and energetic models for fuel substitution in the context of distributed generation. - Diversifying the energy basket with security criteria, by characterizing the renewable resources and identifying the potential energy and the associated costs. - Promoting incentives and concessions schemes for non-interconnected areas, looking for incorporating the non-conventional sources in energy services. - Defining direct subsidies for energization of rural and isolated areas, designated to cover capital costs. Restructuring of current fossil fuels subsides in non-connected areas to promote renewable energy. The government has set a target of 5% of participation on non-conventional sources in the energy basket, 4% equivalent to biomass usage in thermal applications and transport, and 1% in electric generation. The non-conventional sources include Small hydro, solar, wind, geothermal energy, and biomass utilization. In electricity generation, this 1% corresponds to 3.5% of the national grid in 2015, and 6.5% in 2020. The total installed capacity in non-connected areas is 118 MW, 108.5 MW are generated with diesel plants. The purposed target for 2015 is to increase the coverage to 20%, with the additional 12% covered by renewable resources. The target for 2020 is a 30% of coverage with renewable energy. The PROURE program is divided into six subprograms: Institutional strengthening, education and capacity building in R&D, financial strategy and market driving, protection to final user and information rights, targets management and monitoring, and promotion of non-conventional energy sources. The present review has special interest in the last subprogram, promotion of non-conventional energy sources.
Increase the share of renewable energy in electricity production. Support renewable energy projects.

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