globe over oceanEnergy-related experts and industry leaders, who convened in Victoria, Canada in November 2013 for the first seminar on PECC energy transition project, called for further deliberation on the design of policy framework to accommodate renewable energies. The second seminar of the series was hosted by CHILPEC (Chile member committee of PECC) and took place in Santiago, Chile on June 24-25th, 2014. 

The seminar gathered representatives from the academic and business sectors as well as institutions which are involved in the policy development of renewable energy.

Session 1: Renewable energies to meet industrial demands and needs of isolated locations
1) Meeting energy demands while addressing the environmental concerns
2) MRE providing energy for coastal cities and isolated industrial/mining operations; Connecting MRE to the ground network to avoid blackout; Management and delivery of energy - do we need special networks?

Session 2: Development of marine and renewable energies: Promoting early acceptance
1) Challenges faced by MRE to guarantee uninterrupted availability and fight against natural risks (maintenance, anchorage, corrosion, currents, high winds, rogue waves…) 
2) Best locations for MRE development
3) Acceptance from public at large: environmental impact, impact on the energy bill. How best to satisfy demand for energy at the local level (housing, mining, fisheries)? 
5) Timeframe for MRE to become competitive vis-à-vis fossil fuels
4) Acceptance by stakeholder of the oceans: fisheries, transportation, recreational 


Session 3: Setting appropriate policies to develop renewable energies
1) Innovations for the development of new energies
2) What kind of policy, technical, financial support is needed to develop MRE?
- Benchmark France, UK, and Northern Europe 
- Policies set by PECC member economies
3) Setting an efficient government policy (local, national, and multilateral levels) – Unilateral policies versus a cooperative approach
4) The European perspective for development of and support to MRE 
Session 4: Developing cooperation between stakeholders to promote energy transition 
1) What policy measures are needed and work best: regulations, mandates, incentives; What are the best practices to promote cooperation?
2) Help governments and the private sector evaluate and identify the best, viable technologies for energy transition: a business point-of-view
3) Develop cooperation and partnership; exchange of best practices between stakeholders: networks, energy storage, water/ energy linkages 
Concluding session: Summary of discussions and recommendations for governments, business, and public

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