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+ L A T I N A M E R I C A N E N E R G Y | DEPARTMENT AND FEATURES Summer 2012 Capturing for BY BRIAN PERUSSE Customers Latin America leaps forward with energy storage for its grids. E nergy storage enables power system operators to leapfrog the traditional ways of maintaining system reliability, providing a solution as suitable for the most isolated grids as for the largest power systems in the world. The CDEC-SING, an electrically isolated power grid serving Northern Chile, has made this jump, and is currently benefiting from having some of the fastest and most accurate operating reserve units in their system to ensure reliability. Spanning a history of more than a century, the power grid has faced a range of obstacles to its core job of supplying enough electricity to meet the instantaneous demands of growing economies and the industrial sector. And whether the challenge is mitigating outages and blackouts, or managing spikes and valleys in customer demand, the key to operating a successful grid remains constant: ensuring reliability. This challenge is amplified in Latin America and the Caribbean, as these markets are mostly made up of a number of physically or electrically isolated islands that operate autonomously from the rest of the region. In order to manage reliability, these smaller systems keep significant amounts of generation in stand-by (spinning) to react to changes in demand, use load shedding to help manage imbalances, and must accept a much wider operating frequency band on their electrical system. The burden of ensuring reliability in smaller isolated systems such as Panama, the Dominican Republic and Northern Chile comes at a financial and reliability cost that is borne by each customer. While many countries in the region are evaluating the potential of integrating operations with other markets to benefit from the di- 14

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Energy & Mining International - Summer 2012
Wind Financing
Latin American Energy
Mining Developments
Wabash Mfg. Inc.
Mega Precious Metals
Iron Ore Company of Canada
Rainy River Resources Ltd.
Canada Energy
Gear Energy
Manitok Energy Inc.
Chieftain Metals
IC Potash
Nyrstar Langlois Mine
Phoenix Technology Services Inc.
Waycon Manufacturing Ltd.
Tuscany International Drilling
Latin America Focus
Canacol Energy
Orosur Mining
Lithium One Inc.
Cabo Drilling (Panama) Corp.
Continental Gold Ltd.
Guyana Oil Co. Ltd.
Batero Gold Corp.
The Williston Basin
Primary Petroleum
Sanjel Corp.
Summit Energy Services
Kengor Metals LLC
Stone Energy
Holloway Pipe
McFarren Group – Appalachian Transload Services
Trumbull Corp.
De-Cal Mechanical
Buck’s Fabricating
ITI Trailers & Truck Bodies
Hamilton Machine/ ValTek Industries
Rodenberg Diversified LLC
Mazzella Lifting Technologies
Independence Excavating
Magna-Solutions LLC
Blackhawk Specialty Tools LLC
MinExpo 2012
Rail-Veyor Technologies
STW Technic
RAM Enterprise
Miner Elastomer Products Corp.
McElroy Manufacturing
REICHdrill Inc.
Gunnebo Johnson Corp.
The Timken Co.
K/M Specialty Pumps & Systems Inc.
Schroeder Industries
The Reinforced Earth Co.
Geoprobe Systems®
Sumitomo Pogo Mine LLC – Pogo Mine
Power Service Inc.
National Pump Co.
Peak Oilfield Service Co.
TonaTec Exploration
Xtreme Oil & Gas Inc.
White Tiger Gold
TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Lydford Mining Co.
MFM Industries Inc.
Crescent Companies
Tri State Tank
Aquila Resources
Armstrong Coal
EnerJex Resources Inc.
Sanchez Energy Corp.
Chatham Steel Corp.
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Energy & Mining International - Summer 2012