Regulation & Policy Nov 13, 2019 5:25 PM
The Minister of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia), María Fernanda Suárez, visited the Islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina, to monitor the progress of the ‘Be Energy’ program.
The Minister started by visiting the house of local musician, Elkin Robinson, who has benefited from the project that aims to replace common light bulbs for LED lights.
To date, the initiative has benefited about 9,000 locals in strata 1, 2, and 3, with a total of 5,397 replaced bulbs.
The project aims to reach an additional 1000 users in Providencia and Santa Catalina, who will save between CoP$5,000 and CoP$20,000 in their energy bill each month.
The initiative will also stop the emission of 448 tons of CO2 each year, MinEnergia explained.
Suarez finished the tour by changing light bulbs in a house located in the San Felipe Sector (Providencia Island), so that families had the opportunity to actively participate in the project.
“This visit reaffirms the government’s commitment to reach Non-Interconnected Areas (ZNI) of the country, and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the optimization of electricity demand management in the San Andres, improving the energy, economic and environmental sustainability of Colombians,” Suarez said.
Bottom-line: The government is indeed committed to achieving a successful energy transition process, and this news proves it.