Country Energy Efficiency Programme (PPEE)
Policy measure

As part of the government’s overall energy efficiency policy, targeting a group of public and private stakeholders, the Country Energy Efficiency Programme (PPEE) was initiated. The specific focus of the programme was creating awareness and providing training. As part of these efforts, public awareness campaigns like “Save Now” (“Ahorra Ahora”) and “Thanks for Your Energy “, were developed (ECLAC, 2010). Furthermore, when looking at the developments in terms of the budget for the PPEE which has increased from around USD 1 million to USD 30 million between 2006 and 2009.

Implementation

Since 2006, the National Environmental Commission (CONAMA) and the PPEE have elaborated annual work plans focusing on training teachers and professors and preparing teachers’ guides that incorporate the subject into the general curriculum of schools. The implementation process included the establishment of an information repository, a website and information systems. The objective in terms of information management is to provide users with differentiated, up-to-date and well-organized information on energy efficiency. The objective for education and training is to educate, train, build awareness and develop energy efficiency skills among the various energy consuming segments of the market as well as among beneficiaries of PPEE projects and incentives. Related activities include training based on a number of aims targeting various groups of society. Some examples include: training in firms for the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives, training public employees in energy efficiency and developing energy efficiency manuals for citizens, school teachers and college professors.


The Ministry of Energy is participating in the development of a private law entity whose main responsibility will be to conduct promotional and informational activities, develop and coordinate research initiatives, and transfer and disseminate economic, technological and experimental knowledge in the energy field (ECLAC, 2010).

Challenges

ECLAC (2010) underlines that the PPEE faced major difficulties in its initial stages.

Outcomes

The Chilean energy efficiency agency will be established with participation by both the State and the private sector. Individuals and firms that depend on energy and the authorities responsible for promoting energy efficiency will have equal responsibility for the decisions made in this area. This public-private participation model is being used in a number of countries including the United Kingdom and Germany and has proved to be efficient. It is based on the shared interest in energy efficiency of both state and private sector actors (ECLAC, 2010).

References

ECLAC (UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), 2010. Energy efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean: situation and outlook. Chile: United Nations.


AChEE (Agencia Chilena de Eficiencia Energética), 2011. National Energy Efficiency Program. Available at: www.acee.cl/576/propertyvalue-13307.html.