Challenges in energy generation and supply of surpluses

Energy, Regulation & Policy, Renewables    Dec 6, 2021 3:06 PM

Colombians are starting to generate their own energy with renewable resources, but this represents challenges for authorities and the energy sector.

The energy market is experiencing a growing trend in the generation of surplus electricity by users with manageable resources, such as self-generation with renewables, small-scale storage or controllable electrical loads. This is called Distributed Energy Resources (DER), La Republica reported.

Germán Castro, expert commissioner of the CREG, said that Colombia is preparing for the distribution of DERs, with a view to users being able feed in their surpluses.

“DERs should improve quality, reliability, prices and user participation in the system. The way in which DERs can reach the market is by giving quality to users at the best price, but there must be adequate infrastructure to guarantee bi-directionality,” Castro said.

Carlos Solano, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Celsia, explained that DERs will allow for greater system resilience and flexibility, as well as efficiencies in direct and indirect costs.

“Companies have to change the way they plan due to the change in DER growth, adopt new models, evolve in control systems, data management, processing and forecasting,” Solano added.

Daniel Romero, Director of ANDI’s Energy Chamber, highlighted that these resources will allow energy access to isolated areas. However, the goals may be constrained by technical and financial aspects.

Germán Corredor, Director of SER Colombia, said that the challenge is how to implement this energy efficiently, since there are elements to consider such as price and storage, without affecting the capacity of the system and capturing the benefits of supply.

The Director of UPME, Christian Jaramillo, said that the regional system, grid planning and the challenge at the operational level must be analyzed.

Bottom-Line: Colombians are investing in renewable energies, generating positive prospects for self-generation. However, the country must make progress on regulatory, infrastructure and operational issues to take advantage of this new energy and distribute it efficiently.

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