Colombia's renewables share rises to 82% in March

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April 12 (Renewables Now) - Colombia produced 81.57% of its power from clean and renewable energy sources in March, XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados, operator of the national interconnected system (SIN), said.

In February, the clean share in the total power production was 72.61%.

Clean power plants generated 159.51 GWh per day on average in March, up by 8.74% month-on-month, with large and small hydro driving 97.9% of the output. Hydropower plants (HPPs) benefited from the impact of the La Nina phenomenon throughout the month, XM said.

More production details are given in the table below:

Source Daily average in March (GWh/day) month-on-month change: Share in March:
Bagasse biomass 2.32 -7.55% 1.45%
Biogas 0.01 36.18% 0.01%
HPPs with reservoir 132.25 6.17% 82.91%
Wind 0.20 -1.16% 0.13%
Run-of-river hydro 23.91 29.07% 14.99%
Solar PV 0.82 -6.05% 0.51%

Power production from fossil fuels was down by 34.87% compared to February.

Total electricity generation averaged 195.55 GWh per day, a decrease of 3.20% month-on-month which XM attributed to Holy Week festivities in March.

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