Blockchain in energy data from the CNE was a finalist in the Chilean National Funciona Contest

The certification of energy data with blockchain technology developed by the National Energy Commission (CNE) was a finalist in the National Funciona Contest, according to a press release.

The competition is developed by the public service in collaboration with the Chilean government laboratory to reward innovations implemented by public and municipal officials at the national level that have a positive impact on either productivity in their facility or the quality of customer service.

CNE has been using blockchain technology since 2018 to increase the level of security, integrity, traceability and trust in the public information availableRaising the standards that confirm the quality and safety of data published by and about the energy sector.

Blockchain in energy data from the CNE was a finalist in the Chilean National Funciona Contest
Blockchain in energy data from the CNE was a finalist in the Chilean National Funciona Contest

In 2014, the CNE took second place in the Funciona competition (former Innovation Challenge competition) for the public service with its online petrol price platform. The year 2017 was also a finalist with the open data platform.

After the evaluation carried out by the Technical Committee, the CNE’s “Certification of Data with Blockchain for Energy” initiative was selected along with nine other finalists of the Funciona 2019 competition in the “Central State Administration” category. 167 initiatives were submitted to the competition, of which only 10 were finalists.

Now, over the next few days, these ten finalist initiatives will be presented virtually to the competition jury, which is made up of various government agencies that will evaluate them and determine the first three places.

The jury consists of the Undersecretary for Finance. Undersecretary of Labor; Under-Secretary of State of the General Secretariat of the Presidency; Public Service Director; President of the National Association of Fiscal Employees ANEF; Executive Director of the Government Laboratory; Deputy Director of Management and Development of Civil Servants.

Competition award

The competition awards three spots with an internship abroad in a related civil service or a leadership position related to management models or public innovation to the winning civil servant and their coordinator or coordinator.

First, with an internship with a maximum total amount of USD 20,000 for the associated costs, in a related public service or leadership unit related to management models or public innovation in an OECD country or other country selected by the team.

Second, an internship with a maximum total amount of 15 thousand dollars for the associated costs, in a related public service or a leading unit in management models or public innovation in a country in America.

And third, an internship with a maximum total amount of 12 thousand dollars for the associated costs, in a related public service or leadership unit related to management models or public innovation in any country in South America.

José Venegas satisfied with the institutional performance

In the meantime, the Executive Secretary of the National Energy Commission, José Venegas, was satisfied with this institutional performance. recognizes the work that has been done to innovatively and continuously improve all of these processes and to increase transparency and public confidence in the energy sector data.

CNE is positioned as one of the first Chilean public institutions to adopt this blockchain technology and the Chilean energy sector is a pioneer in implementing this technology on a Latin American level.

To date, CNE has 398 “certificates of trust” supported by blockchain technology, which relate to information on national installed electricity capacity, average market prices, hydrocarbon prices, compliance with ERNC law and electricity generation from, among other things, medium-sized systems, Emission factors and systems for the production of residential buildings.

Blockchain: A New Way to Add Value to the Energy Sector

Blockchain is a technology that is intended to create trust in transactions, processes and the exchange of physical or digital assets. Basically, it is a distributed database in which a log is kept of every transaction or exchange carried out, which is distributed to all members of the process. Since it is not a centralized base, it is impossible to change. In addition, the procedure guarantees the traceability of the information and facilitates third-party verification, which promotes transparency.

For the energy sector, blockchain undoubtedly promotes and stimulates digitization and changes the way we interact with energy.

With this in mind, the State of Chile has constantly tried to respond to the growing demands of citizens for better public services by restructuring, modernizing and digitizing part of them.

Against this background, the challenge is greater and more complex as to what new and best opportunities there are to create and deliver public value and to develop mechanisms for it. In this way, innovation is positioned as an effective means of addressing the various challenges faced in addition to networked citizenship, better access to information, higher demands on participation in the political system and increasingly lower trust in the public sector.

But what does it take to innovate in the Chilean public sector? One of the elements is precisely these “innovation skills”. Based on an unpublished study by the Chilean government and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on institutional capacities and preparation for innovation in the Chilean stateThe concept of “capacity” encompasses the following three dimensions: competencies, motivations and opportunities.

In this context, the Contest Funciona responds to the need to promote innovation in the state by officials themselves. For the public service, this instance therefore provides an opportunity for the institutions to promote the creation or implementation of innovative measures developed by the officials themselves as a practice that takes into account the current needs of the user-citizens and in turn uses this space for recognition and Re-evaluation of the public role as a motivator for achievement and challenging work environments that enrich daily work.

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