July 17 (Renewables Now) - Electricity demand in Colombia grew by 3.74% year-on-year to 5,883 GWh in June, Colombian grid operator XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados informed on Tuesday.
Residential consumers and small businesses increased their demand by 3.85% during the past month, while industry and commerce pushed theirs up by 3.44%.
XM said that all Colombian regions increased their power demand compared to June 2018.
During the first six months of the year, Colombia’s demand for power rose by 4.27% year-on-year to 35,186 GWh.
The above figures apply to consumers in the national interconnected system (SIN). For the territories in the non-interconnected zone (ZNI), the government has set up a fund with the aim of bringing electricity to remote and off-grid areas. Among the recent efforts are the installation of solar panels in villages in the departments of La Guajira and Vichada.