Concerns for unserved demand

Energy    Sep 25, 2019 3:58 PM

The Atlantic Committee conducted an analysis of the Unserved Energy Demand (DENA) during the first five months of this year and the results are worrying for the Caribbean region.

According to El Heraldo, the committee showed its concern about DENA levels in the Caribbean region during the January-May 2019 period.

The entity said that DENA levels have been higher this year than those reported in 2018, with a cumulative increase of 72%.

The committee said energy demand is growing in the Caribbean region, but thermal generation is falling at the same time.

“The unserved demand increases and there is a reduction in the restrictions costs,” said the Committee.

The entity explained that the increase in the suspension of the energy supply in many areas of this region coincides with a decrease in the charge for restrictions, resulting in lower service costs throughout the country.

The committee said that the Caribbean region is being punished due to this situation, despite the fact that the region “has contributed significantly, with sustained consumption of 25% of the national electricity demand, to the development of generation infrastructure in the interior of the country.”

XM, operator of the National Interconnected System (SIN) and administrator of the Wholesale Energy Market (MEM) explained that the firm is working on medium-term solutions through the “timely operation” of projects of the SIN and the Transmission System Regional (STR). The company said STR projects had accumulated due to the poor management of Electricaribe between 2010 and 2015.

In addition, XM said it is supporting Electricaribe in the study and recommendations to solve this situation. However, the committee said that the exact causes of the increase in DENA are not clear yet, as this did not happen in 2017 or 2018.

Bottom-Line: The Caribbean region is an important area for the generation and consumption of energy in the country. However, the Electricaribe crisis has affected the development of several projects in this region. Finding a new operator for the company will be key to improving the service conditions in the Colombian Caribbean.

‘Costeños’ paying their bills – including the Colombian government paying its bills – will also help.

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