Regulation & Policy Sep 24, 2021 5:33 PM
Lina Escobar, Deputy Director of Demand at the Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME), announced the entity’s plans to promote an electric rail system in the country.
Escobar said that the entity is laying the groundwork to make the leap towards electric rail systems in Colombia, Valora Analitik reported.
She explained that the UPME is working on updating the Proure (the regional energy plan) in the hope of having new energy efficiency goals for the country in which the transport sector will play a leading role.
One of the proposals that the entity is advancing is to continue insisting on promoting new rail systems, both for the transport of goods and passengers in the cities.
“From public policy, at least, the card is already on the table. I understand that from the transport sector there are also some plans for all the rail system,” Escobar said.
In addition, the Director of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy of the National Planning Department (DNP), Jonathan Bernal, said that the rail policy is designed for freight transport, but has some interesting bets on passenger rail transport.
Bernal recalled that the country had around 3,500 kilometers of railroad network, but only around 1,700 kilometers operational or potentially operational at present.
Bottom-Line: It is an interesting proposal, but Colombia has not been able to leverage even conventional rail transport so far…
The change to an electric one would be good for the country, but the authorities should start by promoting the basic concept of rail service for passengers and cargo.