Clean and renewable energy sources were behind 85.08% of Colombia’s electricity production in December, national grid operator XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados said.
In November, non-polluting sources pushed the nation’s clean power share to 89.26%.
Power plants in the national SIN grid system produced a total of 6,618.85 GWh in December, which translated into an average of 213.51 GWh per day, or 0.38% less compared to daily averages in November.
Renewables, including large hydro power plants (HPPs) with reservoirs, generated 181.65 GWh per day on average, down by 5.04% month-on-month.
Hydro inflows remained above the historical average for 11 consecutive months, enabling the country to keep its hydro reservoirs 79% full on average in December. While this was lower by 8.1 percentage points compared to November, the decrease in reservoir levels is consistent with the start of the summer season, which will last until March 2023, XM said.
Also of note was that the first two units of the Hidro Ituango mega-dam project went into commercial operation on December 1.
Details on Colombia’s clean power share are presented in the table:
||Daily average in December (GWh/day)
||Share in December:
|HPPs with reservoirs
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