Colombia’s HPPs push renewables share to 83.84% in May

Author: U.S. Army Corps of Engine. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

June 12 (Renewables Now) - Renewable energy power plants produced 83.84% of Colombia’s electricity in May, maintaining a daily average of 160.36 GWh, Colombian grid operator XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados said last week.

Compared to April, power production from renewable sources increased by 3.53% month-on-month. The largest producers were the country’s hydroelectric power plants (HPPs), particularly facilities with a reservoir, which benefited from increased rainfall across the national territory, XM said. On the other hand, rain events led to a decline in solar power generation.

Details on the renewables share in Colombia’s power mix in May are presented below:

Source: Daily average in May (GWh) Share in % m/m change in %
Bagasse biomass 1.23 0.77 -25.84
Biogas 0.01 0.00 -22.40
Wind 0.20 0.13 -12.46
HPP with reservoir 136.89 85.36 4.12
Run-of-river HPP 21.70 13.53 2.83
Solar PV 0.33 0.21 -20.54


Fossil fuels generated on average 30.91 GWh per day, a decrease of 3.13% month-on-month.

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