Blockchain in CNE’s energy data was a finalist in Chile’s Funciona National Contest

The certification of energy data with Bitcoin Up technology, developed by the National Energy Commission (CNE), was a finalist in the National Competition „Funciona“, as announced in a press release.

The contest is developed by the Civil Service in collaboration with the Chilean Government Laboratory, which seeks to reward innovations implemented by public and municipal officials nationwide that show positive impacts on either productivity within their institution or the quality of citizen services.

CNE began to use Blockchain’s technology since 2018, with the aim of increasing the levels of security, integrity, traceability and confidence of the public information provided, raising the standards that certify the quality and accuracy of data published from and to the energy sector.

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In 2014, the CNE won second place in the Civil Service’s Funciona (formerly Desafío Innovación) contest with the online gasoline pricing platform. It was also a finalist in 2017 with the open data platform.

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

However, these ten finalist initiatives will be presented virtually in the next few days before the competition’s jury, made up of various government authorities, who will evaluate them and decide on the first three places.

The jury is made up of the Undersecretary of Finance; Undersecretary of Labour; Undersecretary of the General Secretariat of the Presidency; Director of the Civil Service; President of the National Association of Tax Employees (ANEF); Executive Director of the Government Laboratory; Undersecretary of Management and Development of People in the Civil Service.

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Competition awards
The Competition rewards three places with an internship abroad in a related public service or a leading entity in management models or public innovation, for the winning officials and their coordinator.

First, with an internship with a maximum total amount of $20,000 for the expenses involved, in a related public service or a leading entity in management models or public innovation, in any OECD country or other selected by the team.

As second place, an internship with a maximum total amount of 15 thousand dollars for the expenses involved, in a related public service or some leading entity in management models or public innovation, in any country of America.

And thirdly, an internship with a maximum total amount of 12 thousand dollars for the expenses involved, in a related public service or some leading entity in management models or public innovation, in any country of South America.

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José Venegas satisfied with institutional achievement
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the National Energy Commission, José Venegas, expressed his satisfaction with this institutional achievement, saying that he recognizes the work that has been done to bring innovation and continuous improvement to all these processes, raising levels of transparency and public confidence in the data of the energy sector.

CNE is positioned as one of the first Chilean public institutions to use this Blockchain technology, and the Chilean energy sector as a pioneer in the implementation of this technology at the Latin American level.

To date, CNE has 398 „certificates of confidence“ based on the Blockchain technology referring to information of the national installed electrical capacity, average market prices, hydrocarbon prices, compliance with the ERNC law, electrical generation of medium systems, emission factors and residential generation facilities, among others.