For the past 30 years the state of California has been working with the system known as decoupling in order to make the state more energy efficient. Decoupling is a rate adjustment mechanism that essentially keeps energy affordable with stable prices. This makes it so that revenue for the energy companies doesn’t decline and the companies can actually promote customer energy efficiency. Based on the California model, Chile is to soon enforce a law for decoupling that aims to to reduce power consumption, 20% by 2025.
To make this projection feasible, the Chile California Council organized events at California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, California Energy Commission in Sacramento, PG & E, California Institute for Energy & Environment at UC Berkeley, Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis, UC Davis Western Village Cooling Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. These events essentially gave a comprehensive overview of the process of decoupling itself. Also, guidelines were discussed to how the decoupling would be implanted and what the goals of the energy agenda in Chile would be.
The CCC would personally like to thank their energy experts who actively collaborated in the planning and implementation of the delegation: Rafeal Friedmann of PG & E, Juan Pablo Carvallo of UC Berkeley, consultant Ignacio Fernandez, and John Guillermo Sandoval of Pattern Energy.