Sustainable Energy Training for Central America, 10-14 June 2013

Theme Energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grids
Title Sustainable Energy Training
Dates 10-14 June 2013
Venue San José, Costa Rica
Language English and Spanish (simultaneous interpretation in both languages)
Deadline 19th April 2013
Participating countries Central American Countries only (SICA members)

The training will provide participants with the latest analysis and trends in energy efficiency, electricity grids and low-carbon energy policy and planning. Leading experts from the IEA and other institutions will present recent developments from the SICA region and around the world. Participants will become familiar with a range of recognised methodologies and tools for analysis and policy-formulation at the national level for the medium to long-term.


By invitation: official invitations have been sent to each national ministry and regulator responsible for energy – to nominate 2 internal candidates and to many companies (to nominate 1 candidate). Please enquire internally about receiving a nomination.

By open registration: a limited number of places are available for open registration. Energy professionals from both the public and private sectors are eligible to apply. If requests exceed the available places, a selection procedure will apply.

A good level of English and/or Spanish language is required in order to benefit from the course.

To register, please complete the Registration form – English_VersionSpanish_Version and send it back by e-mail to together with a curriculum vitae (CV) / resume.
(In exceptional cases, registration by fax will be accepted. Send to: +506 2520-1528)

The deadline for both official nominations and open registration is 19th April 2013.

Fees,  costs and financial assistance

Attending the training sessions is FREE of charge.

Funding is available for 2 official government nominees and 2 energy industry representatives from each country member of SICA (round trip economy flight, accommodation and per diem).

Contact Ms. Karla Hernandez, tel: +506 2520-1535 ext.113,
Group size 40 people
Course Programme (summary)


Monday, 10 June (half day) - Welcome


Arrival of participants and registration


Launch, welcome speeches, regional perspective

Tuesday, 11 June - Energy efficiency


  • Energy efficiency Policy frameworks – best international practices and implementation


  • Energy efficiency Demand-side management during energy crises
  • Energy efficiency Finance – cost-recovery, government incentives, private sector investment

Wednesday, 12 June - Renewable energy


  • Renewable energy Markets – deployment of renewable, prices, opportunities and barriers
  • Renewable energy Policy frameworks – best international practices, policy options
  • Renewable energy Technology roadmaps – long-term planning and implementation


Site visit – energy project

Thursday, 13 June - Grid integration and optimisation


  • Grid integration of variable renewables – technical and market opportunities and challenges
  • Using the FAST tool for assessing the grid capacity to take renewable energy generation


  • Smart grids – options and best international practice; developing technology roadmaps
  • Electricity grid interconnection, resilience and diversification

Friday, 14 June (half day) - Whole system approaches  


  • Electricity system-wide issues – supply, demand, infrastructure, markets, regulation


Closing remarks and awarding of certificates


Departure of participants


Event organizers and sponsors