2nd Regional Workshop on Developing a renewable energy roadmap and power system flexibility study for Central America

30 March – 01 April 2020 |San Jose, Costa Rica

During the '2nd regional workshop: Developing a renewable energy roadmap and power system flexibility study for Central America', Costa Rica's Secretariat of Planning of the Energy Subsector (SEPSE) will present its already developed work, and discussion on end-use sectors will help IRENA develop a more ambitious renewable penetration scenario — a REmap scenario. Additionally the workshop will provide the opportunity to present the reference scenario for the REmap and FlexTool studies, get feedback from countries in the region, obtain relevant information for the development of the REmap scenario, and include 1-day training on the IRENA FlexTool.

Under the Clean Energy Corridor for Central America (CECCA), IRENA developed study for Central America, complemented with a power system flexibility study using the IRENA FlexTool. The regional REmap study will investigate the technology options that enable an energy transition at the regional level, through the accelerated development of renewable energy in the energy mix. REmap will explore the solutions, costs and benefits of deploying renewable energy sources for energy generation and also for the consumption sectors, i.e. transport, industry and buildings. In adddition to this, a regional FlexTool model will be developed providing a planning approach to boost system flexibility and identify cost-effective solutions to achieve high shares of variable renewables.

As this analysis will be performed in the context of CECCA, one of the key outputs will be an assessment of the value of interconnection and market integration in the region, as enablers for renewable energy deployment.