Regulation & Policy Jun 29, 2021 2:49 PM
The Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission (CREG) issued Resolution 075 of 2021, which updates the procedures for the connection of generators and users to the National Interconnected System (SIN).
The update aims to make adequate and efficient use of the transmission networks, La Republica reported.
The Minister of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia), Diego Mesa, said that the new rules will free up unused energy transportation capacity.
“The new rules will contribute to our purpose of providing an efficient, sustainable and continuous energy service to all Colombian households,” Mesa highlighted.
Users and power generators will be able to consult information related to connection points and the available transport capacity in a centralized database managed by the Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME).
In this way, they will be able to identify the sites in the electric grid where it is possible to connect new energy projects.
In addition, UPME will announce a new tool, where all those interested in connecting to the SIN will be able to find information on the requirements and the procedure to submit their applications.
The entity will evaluate the applications and assign the connection points to the SIN.
The new resolution defines the rules for smaller users (households, businesses and micro-enterprises) to request and get authorization to have a new connection to the energy supply networks, unifying the requirements demanded by the different energy distribution companies.
Bottom-Line: Updating regulations and making them more flexible is vital to encourage the development of new projects in the country.
Legal procedures in Colombia are complex and authorities should do more on this issue to accelerate the development of projects in the pipeline.