Latin American Energy Organization

Organisation latinoaméricaine de l'énergie
Organización Latinoamericana de Energia (OLADE)
Organização Latinoamericana de Energia

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2 Nov 1973, Lima (Peru), on signature of the Lima Agreement by 25 regional countries at 3rd Latin American Consultation of Ministers of Energy and Petroleum, following a series of meetings held since Aug 1972. Agreement became effective on 18 Dec 1974; Permanent Secretariat became operational in 1975. Scheme to restructure the Organization ratified by resolution of 26th Meeting of Ministers, Nov 1996, Guatemala (Guatemala). Statutes registered in 'LNTS 1/14670'.


Function as: a centre for exchange of experience and information among high-level policymaking areas of the energy sector; a permanent advisory body for energy cooperation and integration among the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean; a forum for exchanging viewpoints so as to achieve regional and subregional stances regarding rational development of natural resources and the impact of their use on the region's environment. In the interest of implementation of policies and programmes compatible with demands stemming from globalization of the world's economy and energy systems and in harmony with world energy development objectives: (a) promote action among member countries to develop and defend the natural resources of their respective countries and of the region as a whole; (b) foster a policy for rational exploration, exploitation, transformation and marketing of member countries' energy resources; (c) enhance appropriate preservation of the region's energy resources by means of policies for rational use of energy; (d) promote direct negotiations among member states to ensure stable and efficient energy supplies; (e) contribute to coordination and complementarity of energy resources by furthering development of means of transport; (f) advance integration of a Latin American energy market; (g) ensure adoption of protective measures for effective energy efficiency, rational use of energy and protection of the environment; (h) foster technical cooperation and the exchange and dissemination of scientific, legal and technological information.

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'Reorientation of OLADE' OLADE has been restructured in accordance with resolution of Nov 1996; further consolidation and enhancement of its political role through a new political and technical agenda is being considered by an Ad Hoc Working Group set up in June 1999, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), at 30th Meeting of Ministers. Meanwhile the 3rd extraordinary Meeting of Ministers, Nov 1999, Quito (Ecuador), adopted new concepts for vision and strategy:

 • Favouring bilateral and multilateral energy integration;

 • Promoting adjustment of regulatory frameworks so as to dismantle barriers to integration;

 • Promoting the most adequate and economical means for energy supply and integration;

 • Preserving the environment and ensuring sustainable development of the continent.

The 31st Meeting of Ministers, 13-14 Oct 2000, Asunción (Paraguay), created 3 fora to consolidate ties with strategy players and sectors for regional energy development:

 • Forum of Supervisory Entities and Regulatory Agencies for Oil and Gas Activities;

 • Forum of Supervisory Entities and Regulatory Agencies for Electrical Power Activities;

 • Energy Sector Business Forum.

The first 2 fora foster exchange of experience so as to optimize the work of relevant entities and agencies and support establishment of these agencies in countries requiring them; the 3rd forum acts as a vehicle for dialogue with the public sector and promotes energy sector integration, impetus and transformation by encouraging business associations, chambers of production and private-sector enterprises involved in energy sector development in Latin America and the Caribbean to analyse and discuss business opportunities and obstacles to investment and to exchange experience.

Unified Electrical Power Planning System (SUPER) - comprises 7 modules for planning expansion of electrical power generation and transmission interconnections, grouped in 4 areas: basic data; optimization; simulation; impacts. This service was developed with support from IDB and integrates such innovative aspects as hydrological risk, demand growth, fuel costs, project lead times and financial constraints. It is used by many Latin American power utilities; users meet annually for exchange of experience and to recommend improvements.

'Master's Degree in Energy and the Environment' - program implemented at OLADE Headquarters, Quito, jointly with University of Calgary (Canada) and with support from CIDA.


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Relations with 33 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 12 non-governmental organizations.
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  • Resources
    • Energy

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy



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