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Wednesday 6 November
WORKSHOP
Thursday 7 November
CONFERENCE

08:00Registration and coffee

08:30Opening words

08:45Welcome words by the Ministry of Mines and Energy

DIEGO MESA /// DEPUTY MINISTER OF ENERGY - MINISTRY OF MINES & ENERGY
Diego Mesa Puyo es Economista de la Universidad de Concordia, Canadá; con Maestría en Economía de la Universidad McGill, Canadá, y Analista Financiero Certificado del CFA Institute, Estados Unidos. Cuenta con más de 15 años de experiencia asesorando a gobiernos y empresas privadas en temas económicos y fiscales en el sector minero energético.
En la banca multilateral, Diego Mesa se ha desempeñado como economista del Fondo Monetario Internacional, donde ha liderado y participado en más de 35 misiones para asesorar a gobiernos en la formulación de políticas públicas para las industrias extractivas, entre los que se destacan México, Colombia, Trinidad y Tobago, Bolivia, Guyana, el Líbano, Albania, Kenia, Mozambique, Papúa Nueva Guinea, Uganda y Nigeria.
Como gerente y economista principal de PricewaterhouseCoopers en Canadá, asesoró al sector público y privado en la estructuración y el desarrollo de proyectos minero energéticos y de infraestructura.
DIEGO MESA
DEPUTY MINISTER OF ENERGY - MINISTRY OF MINES & ENERGY

09:00Welcome words by UPME

SESSION 1

09:15A solar story

Solar has been on a roll in different Latin American markets (and the world!).
What is the recipe and does Colombia have the right ingredients?
  • Experiences of deploying solar in Chile and Mexico.
  • Challenges faced in other markets.
  • Colombia’s recent history of solar: lessons learned.
  • 2019 as a key turning point for solar in Colombia, what to expect from 2020?
  • A review of governmental subsidies to promote solar (Law 1715).
SERGIO TORRES /// CONSULTANT - IPD LATAM
Sergio joined IPD Latin America in 2012. His expertise as a Consultant has focused on political, social and regulatory developments within Colombia, and how they affect the country’s energy industry, including the renewables and oil and gas sectors. He has extensive regional expertise in community issues, regulatory developments and security. As a member of IPD’s renewable energy team, Sergio has focused on monitoring regulatory developments and identifying emerging opportunities. Prior to joining IPD, Sergio worked in the Bogota-based offices of Control Risks as a political and security analyst and researcher. During his three years with the company, he was responsible for providing in-depth analysis of Andean Region politics and security, as well as regional analysis in Colombia for the power, mining, infrastructure, oil, and gas industries. Sergio holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. He also holds a Master of Arts in Global Studies from the Universities of Wroclaw (Poland) and Leipzig (Germany).
SERGIO TORRES
CONSULTANT - IPD LATAM

09:40Solar and the system

Solar is part of a broader energy system.
How does it currently fit with Colombia’s energy needs?
  • Hydro energy in Colombia and its future. Will solar fill in the gap?
  • Latest status on the Hidroituango hydro project.
  • The importance of natural gas.
  • The impact of El Niño.
  • The impact of e-mobility on the grid and the role of solar in this transition.
  • Assessing changes in energy demand.
  • Generation costs of solar and other energy sources.
RODRIGO MENDIWELSO/// GENERAL MANAGER - MWS ENERGY OPTIMIZATION
40+ years Oil & Gas and Energy Executive with vast experience in general management, business strategy, joint venture negotiation and operation, project development and international business with focus in Latin America.
MODERATOR
RODRIGO MENDIWELSO
GENERAL MANAGER - MWS ENERGY OPTIMIZATION
JHON CASTILLO /// COMMERCIAL MANAGER - AES COLOMBIA
As Commercial Manager at AES Colombia, Jhon is in charge of strategic management of issues related to marketing, marketing of the portfolio of products and services, and the development of new business lines that strengthen the company's growth in the energy market, including solutions for commercial and industrial customers according to their needs; aimed at guaranteeing the commercial margin and growth of the company with a balanced risk portfolio.
JHON CASTILLO
COMMERCIAL MANAGER - AES COLOMBIA
MAURICIO LLANOS/// REGULATORY AFFAIRS LEADER - CELSIA
Electrical Engineer with a Master's Degree in Economic Sciences and 20 years of experience in the analysis of the economic and technical regulation of the electric and natural gas sectors in the markets of Colombia, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
MAURICIO LLANOS
REGULATORY AFFAIRS LEADER - CELSIA
GERMÁN CORREDOR /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SER-COLOMBIA
German Corredor Avella. Electrical Engineer from the National University, Master in Economics from the same university and specialist in Economics and Energy Planning from the Bariloche Foundation in Argentina. Currently, he is Executive Director of the Association of Renewable Energy in Colombia - SER Colombia. Mr. Corredor has more than 37 years of professional experience in the public and private sector in policy, planning and regulation of the energy sector and the Colombian electricity sector. In the Public sector, he stood out as the first director of the Energy and Mining Planning Unit, Vice Minister of Energy in charge and Technical Secretary of the National Operation Council. In the private sector, he was Regulation Manager of EPSA and as a consultant he has directed policy projects related to the penetration of Renewable Sources.
GERMÁN CORREDOR
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SER-COLOMBIA
LUIS ALFREDO HERNÁNDEZ BELEÑO /// PROFESIONAL ESPECIALIZADO - UPME
A short bio will follow soon...
LUIS ALFREDO HERNÁNDEZ BELEÑO
PROFESIONAL ESPECIALIZADO - UPME

10:30Auctions 2.0

After a first initial attempt to implement large-scale auctions failed early in 2019,
a new revised auction scheme is destined to open a wide range of opportunities for developers.
  • Are the auctions a club for big players only?
  • Are “packages” of 0.5 MWh the right size to spur competition and drive prices down?
  • Currency risk
  • Status of awarded capacity.
  • Do the new terms and conditions attract the private sector and smaller players?
  • How to mitigate counterparty risk?
  • How to ensure a fair bidding process from the demand side?
CARLOS ZARRUK /// PRESIDENTE EJECUTIVO - CÁMARA COLOMBIANA DE LA ENERGÍA
A short bio will follow soon...
CARLOS ZARRUK
PRESIDENTE EJECUTIVO - CÁMARA COLOMBIANA DE LA ENERGÍA
JULIUÁN ZULUAGA /// HEAD OF REGULATORY AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS - MINISTRY OF MINES AND ENERGY
A short bio will soon follow..
JULIÁN ZULUAGA
HEAD OF REGULATORY AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS - MINISTRY OF MINES AND ENERGY
11:00 NETWORKING BREAK

SESSION 2

12:00Accessing the grid

In order for solar to succeed, the grid has to accept and prioritize solar.
  • Connecting La Guajira with the rest of the country.
  • Rules on independent companies tapping into the grid.
  • Selling excess energy to the grid.
  • Will there be enough capacity for the projected volume?
  • Interconnections: north to south and cross-country.
  • New grid law (resolution CREG 070/2019).
FREDY ZULETA DÁVILA /// GERENTE GENERAL SUCURSAL TRANSMISIÓN - GRUPO ENERGÍA BOGOTÁ
A short bio will follow soon...
FREDY ZULETA DÁVILA
GERENTE GENERAL SUCURSAL TRANSMISIÓN - GRUPO ENERGÍA BOGOTÁ

12:25Learnings from the first utility-scale PV plants in Colombia

Celsia’s 9.8 MW Solar Yumbo plant entered operations on September 3, 2018. And many others have followed. What can the industry learn from this?
  • A year in review.
  • Tracking the increase in project costs and LCOE
  • What have been some of the unexpected occurrences and how to deal with them?
  • Projections for the next year.
  • Utility-scale projects on a self-consumption basis.
MARC TREMEL /// GENERAL MANAGER - COLOMBINVEST
Colombia's Renewable Energy expert with extensive knowledge of solar projects across the world. Marc has over 13 years of solar PV experience, and has been working in Colombia for over 5 years. Over the years he developed deep knowledge on solar components from manufacturers across the value chain.
Commited to build bridges between EU/Germany and Colombia in the field of solar energy investments and promoting PV in this emerging market.
MODERATOR
MARC TREMEL
GENERAL MANAGER - COLOMBINVEST
IVAN MARTINEZ /// PRESIDENT - EGAL ENERGY
Experience of more than 20 years, as general manager of successful industrial and agroindustrial companies. Opening strategic markets for Colombia like the Russian. He has shown special interest in innovation throughout his successful professional career.

Former vice minister of infrastructure among other public offices.

Currently president of "EGAL" company dedicated to the development of projects of non-conventional sources of renewable energy.

He has been seriously studying the development of wind and solar energy on the Colombian Caribbean coast. He firmly believes that wind and solar energy are an excellent option to make the Colombian energy matrix more resilient. Currently, among other projects, the construction of the first solar park in Cartagena and the first independent solar park in Colombia is being completed.
IVAN MARTINEZ
PRESIDENT - EGAL ENERGY
BORIS MULETT /// ENERGY MANAGER - ECOPETROL
Petroleum Engineer from the Industrial University of Santander and a Chartered Engineer from IChemE UK, with Studies in Advanced Project Management at the Universities of Stanford and Manchester and an MBA with a global emphasis from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix.

With more than 20 years of experience in the management of assets and large-scale projects in the areas of onshore and offshore exploration, production, structuration and commissioning. Extensive experience in the area of Operations, Asset Management and Commercial Leadership in multinational companies in the Oil and Gas sector. With multicultural professional experience in Colombia, Scotland, England and Azerbaijan with BP, Talisman, Repsol and more recently with Ecopetrol as the Energy Manager.
BORIS MULETT
ENERGY MANAGER - ECOPETROL
VICTOR TAMAYO /// COUNTRY MANAGER - VENTUS ENERGIA
Electrical and Electronic Engineer. With more than 30 years of experience in the electrical sector in management positions in companies such as EPM, ABB, AEG, Siemens.

He currently leads the negotiation with customers and suppliers to attend local supplies, additionally supervises the developments of new Ventus projects in Colombia, where the company provides services for the construction of renewable projects.
VICTOR TAMAYO
COUNTRY MANAGER - VENTUS ENERGIA

13:10Shining on both sides: a bifacial technology review

Bifacial modules are the latest technological innovation, forecasted to take a central role in new PV plants. In this session, we’ll delve deep into the pros and cons of bifacial modules.
  • Tracking the improvement of energy yield.
  • Tracking the increase in project costs and LCOE
  • Does it make sense in Colombia?
  • Will bifacial modules become the new standard?
ALBERTO CUTER/// GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY - JINKO SOLAR
Alberto Cuter has been involved in renewable energy since 2008. He served as Sales Director in Phoenix Solar and Heliosphera and joined Jinko Solar in 2010. He opened the Italian branch and developed the Italian market positioning Jinko as leader modules supplier in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he was appointed as Sales Director of Emerging Markets (LATAM and MEA). He developed and positioned Jinko as market leader in the most important market such as South Africa and Chile with more than 30% of market share, making Jinko the leader modules supplier in the region.
As per new strategy of Jinko management, in July 2015 he was appointed as a General Manager Latam and Italy to lead a team of high professional managers in 7 countries across the region. Actually Jinko has been recognized as market leader in Chile, Brazil and Central America, with more than 5 GW sold in the region.
Prior to stepping into solar PV industry, Alberto Cuter has worked in the telecommunication Industry as Sales Director in companies as Telecom Italia, Wind and Deloitte Consulting.
Alberto has an Electronic Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), a Master in Telecommunications at SSGRR (Italy) and a specialization Strategy and digital marketing at MIP – Politecnico di Milano.
ALBERTO CUTER
GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY - JINKO SOLAR
13:30 NETWORKING LUNCH

SESSION 3

14:45Financing of projects

No project would ever see the light without the right financing. Banks, DFIs, equity… a puzzle with many pieces.
  • Currency, currency, currency
  • The bankability of the offtaker and the bankability of the PPA
  • Is there enough capital for the projected growth?
  • Local vs. foreign financing
  • Do structures differ between tendered projects?
  • Does balance sheet financing distort the market?
ALEJANDRO LUCIO /// FOUNDER & DIRECTOR - ÓPTIMA CONSULTORES
A short bio will soon follow...
MODERATOR
ALEJANDRO LUCIO
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR - ÓPTIMA CONSULTORES
DANIEL ARANGO /// DIRECCIÓN ENERGÍA Y RECURSOS NATURALES - BANCOLOMBIA
Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Holds an MBA with emphasis in finance from Tulane University.

5 years in Grupo Bancolombia, with extensive experience in investment banking by leading projects related to energy and natural resources 6 years of experience in leading companies in the electrical industry as Financial Planning Director in Celsia and CFO in HMV.

Currently director of Energy and Natural Resources at Banca de Inversión Bancolombia.
DANIEL ARANGO
DIRECCIÓN ENERGÍA Y RECURSOS NATURALES - BANCOLOMBIA
ANDRÉS RESTREPO MESA /// DIRECTOR DE ESTRUCTURACIONES - DAVIVIENDA
A short bio will follow soon...
ANDRÉS RESTREPO MESA
DIRECTOR DE ESTRUCTURACIONES - DAVIVIENDA
SANTIAGO PARDO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ASTRIS FINANCE
Santiago joined the Astris team in February 2016 as Managing Director. During his more than 20 years of experience he has developed a unique blend of experience encompassing both the corporate as well as banking perspectives, with a very strong expertise in project finance, debt/capital markets, M&A, project development and private equity. His industry expertise spans the oil & gas (pipelines, LNG, E&P), infrastructure (ports, toll roads), power (generation and transmission) and mining sectors.

Mr. Pardo began his career at Citibank Colombia in 1991, moving to New York in 1997 where he worked for 11 years at Citi’s Infrastructure and Energy Finance Group. From 2002 to 2008 he was the Director leading the team originating and executing transactions in Latin America, reporting directly to the global head of Infrastructure and Energy Finance. During this time, he was directly responsible for closing over 20 transactions in 12 different countries in the Americas, raising over USD 8 billion in funding from multiple sources (banks, international and local capital markets, ECAs and official agencies).

He moved back to Colombia in 2008, where he transitioned into the corporate side, serving as Project Finance Director for Reficar and Managing Director for Infrastructure and Energy of Abacus Capital, a local asset manager. Most recently (2014-2016), he served as CFO of La Luna Resources, an E&P company developing conventional and unconventional resources in Colombia. Prior to this (2011-2014), he was CFO of TGI, the largest natural gas pipeline company in Colombia. For these last two roles, he was selected as CFO by major private equity investors backing these companies and was responsible for corporate finance, investor relations, accounting, treasury, financial planning, M&A and new business development. He personally led the refinancing of TGI’s USD 1,125 million debt in the international capital markets, and assisted CVCI in their successful exit of this investment for USD 880 million.

Mr. Pardo holds an MBA (with distinction) from the Johnson School at Cornell University, as well as B.S. in economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

He is fluent in both English and Spanish and conversational in Portuguese.
SANTIAGO PARDO
MANAGING DIRECTOR - ASTRIS FINANCE
STEPHEN HILL /// PARTNER - EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
Stephen has worked on a wide variety of national and international corporate transactions from company starts ups and venture capital funding, mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity, infrastructure and other fund raising (acting for both management and funder) and trade exits.

Stephen acts for a number of UK and overseas major corporates including Tyco (ADT), E.ON, SunEdison and Centrica. He acts for a number of infrastructure, private equity and VCT institutions including BlackRock, Greencoat and Zouk Capital.

Stephen has a particular focus on the clean energy sector. He has been involved in a number of high profile transactions in the clean energy sector including the £423m acquisition of 2 operating offshore assets for BlackRock and GIB, the 42MW sale of a biomass project to CIP, the acquisition and development of over 1.5GW worth of solar PV in the UK, the acquisition and development of onshore wind assets and solar PV plants for BlackRock totalling over 500MW, and the acquisition and debt and equity funding of UKPR by Equistone and Inflexion. Stephen is client partner for a number of international solar PV and biomass developers.
STEPHEN HILL
PARTNER - EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND

15:35Bilateral Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs): a review

Bilateral PPAs allow for the buying and selling of energy and a “new” paradigm in project financing. Join this session to learn how advanced PPAs are in Colombia and what they can do for your project.
  • An update on resolutions 40791, 40795 and CREG030.
  • Utility PPA vs. corporate PPA
  • A story of two sides: supply and demand
  • How to incentivize longer tenors (15+ years)?
  • PPAs or auctions?
CLAUDIA NAVARRO /// DIRECTOR - BRIGARD Y URRUTIA
Ms. Navarro joined the firm in 2010 and is the Director of the Infrastructure and Public Utilities Practice Group. She has advised many companies along the different activities of the energy sector using conventional and non-conventional sources, as well as natural gas. Among others, Claudia has wide experience in contract’s structuring, including but not limited to, BOOMT, PPAs and connection agreements and all matters related to electricity retail and natural gas production.

She is an expert in regulation of the electric energy and natural gas services and she has been recognized as a distinguished attorney by various sectorial associations such as: ANDESCO, ACOLGEN, ASOCODIS, and ANDI. She has actively participated in the process of consolidation and recognition of the Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Gas practice, accomplishing to position it in national and foreign market.

Ms. Navarro holds postgraduate degrees in Public Management from Los Andes University and Contractual Law from Externado University. Moreover, she holds a Master’s Degree in Constitutional Law from the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales of Madrid and undertook her PhD studies in the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

Currently, Ms. Navarro teaches the course of “Infrastructure: regulation and finance” of the faculty of Law of Los Andes University and “Public, construction and concession agreements typology, infrastructure and public utilities” of Rosario University.
CLAUDIA NAVARRO
DIRECTOR - BRIGARD Y URRUTIA
DANIEL UMANA /// EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT & PARTNER - DUE CAPITAL
Daniel leads Due Capital's efforts in the solar energy market. Currently they are working on a 450+ MW pipeline in the country.
Prior to Due Capital he served in different eladership roles at Grupo Petrotesting Colombia, eventually serving as CEO.
DANIEL UMANA
EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT & PARTNER - DUE CAPITAL
16:00 NETWORKING BREAK

SESSION 4

16:45The potential for Floating Solar

Over the last four years, the deployment of floating solar has grown more than a hundredfold, surpassing the milestone threshold of 1 GW in September 2018. Is Colombia ready to float?
  • What are the main considerations for floating solar projects?
  • How big is the market in Colombia?
  • Key lessons learned from the field.
  • Where do the opportunities lie in Colombia?
JOHANA TRUJILLO /// RENEWABLES PROGRAMME DIRECTOR - MOTT MACDONALD
A short bio will soon follow..
JOHANA TRUJILLO
RENEWABLES PROGRAMME DIRECTOR - MOTT MACDONALD

17:10Sizing the market: a case for distributed generation and C&I

The large scale (utility-scale) segment is gaining a lot of traction.
However, opportunities arise in different segments, such as distributed generation and C&I.
Is the cake big enough?
  • Projected volume growth for both DG and C&I.
  • Incentives for DG and C&I
  • Regulatory compliance for C&I plants.
  • Who, where and when?
CAMILO JARAMILLO /// CEO - HYBRYTEC
Mechanical Engineer from Boston University with studies in Solar Energy from SEI (Colorado). Worked as designer for semiconductor machinery in Boston, MA before leading the technical textiles department for a textile multinational in North Carolina (USA). Founder and current CEO at Hybrytec since 2007. President of the board of Sistema B Colombia and member of the board at SER Colombia, main Association of Renewable Energy Companies in Colombia.
CAMILO JARAMILLO
CEO - HYBRYTEC

17:45Networking drinks

Wednesday 6 November
CONFERENCE
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