Colombia's clean power share slightly down as demand recovers

Warmer Bogotá. Image source: Fernando Garcia on Flicker.

November 16 (Renewables Now) - Colombia generated 86.12% of its power with clean and renewable energy sources in October, grid operator XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados has said.

The clean share in Colombia's total power prodution was 86.70% in September.

Clean energy plants, that is non-conventional renewables and large hydropower plants (HPPs) lumped together, generated 183.96 GWh per day on average in October, down by 1.83% month-on-month. Production from plants running on non-renewable sources rose by 3.13% month-on-month to an average of 29.64 GWh/day.

More on Colombia’s renewables in October in the table below:

Technology: Daily average production (in GWh/day) month-on-month change: Share in October:
Bagasse biomass 2.24 -7.51% 1.22%
Biogas 0.01 40.70% 0.01%
HPP with reservoir 156.62 -2.95% 85.14%
Wind 0.09 -33.71% 0.05%
Run-of-river hydro 24.00 6.58% 13.05%
Solar PV 1.01 7.58% 0.55%

The nation’s demand for electricity rose by 6.42% year-on-year to 6,490.1 GWh in October. When looking at the demand from before the pandemic, the increase is 7.17% compared to October 2019, XM said.

In October 2021, demand by residential and small business consumers rose by 2.99% year-on-year. At the same time, industrial and other consumers in the non-regulated market increased their demand by 13.84% on the year.

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