Previous governments have neglected the regulatory framework and possible regulations that allow us to evolve from a “produce-consume” model to one where consumption is more efficient. However, at the moment, several press statements have heard the energy and manufacturing ministers talking about goals such as energy efficiency, blackout zones, among others. Although the terms could have been mentioned before, the aspiration for a more efficient regulatory framework that enables the production of clean energy at a lower price, while attracting investment and creating jobs, is emphasized.

Power shortages will be suspended in Ecuador for Christmas and New Year

Making this decision in the midst of an inherited energy crisis represents a difficult challenge in the time frame the government has, but it allows Ecuadorians to glimpse different solutions than we are used to. Unlike the previous government, which launched a campaign asking Ecuadorians to turn off the lights in the 21st century, the new government has established a direct relationship with businessmen and industries and through incentives and other strategies has successfully reduced the time period of the so-called power failure or electrical disconnection of Ecuadorians.

Some countries light their main roads with solar cells and an appropriately sized battery.

Other countries have already taken the path of migrating towards distributed systems, or even self-production, and one of the first practices that enabled the stimulation of this process was the creation of the so-called A zone without fossil fuels, whose main goal is to generate energy that is consumed through instruments such as solar panels, wind turbines, among others. Some countries light their main roads with solar cells and an appropriately sized battery. Other cities are lighting up their parks, public spaces and even government offices using clean technologies. This government could promote a historical precedent with the implementation of incentive policies for this type of technologies, with private, public or mixed companies. The academic community could be involved in the design and simulation of these projects; there are even multilateral organizations and academic projects that finance decarbonization using tools that help mitigate environmental impacts.

The industrial sector proposes to reduce the electricity demand of some companies in December in order to achieve an effect similar to its own production

An accessible legal framework could then be designed with a focus on practical decarbonisation activities at multiple levels of governance and enforcement. It should promote the spread of incentives to stop using fossil fuels and lead practical activities that promote positive social, technological, economic and other types of effects. Benefits such as stability against oil price fluctuations are an advantage, along with a reduction in the subsidized product to be used.

Yes, this Friday there will be a blackout in Ecuador, CNEL and electricity distributors announce

Ultimately, fossil fuel-free zones could be institutionalized. This, in addition to serving existing plants and developing new thermal, combined cycle, natural gas projects, among others. (OR)