Energy Aug 4, 2021 5:30 PM
The Institute for Planning and Promotion of Energy Solutions for Non-Interconnected Zones (IPSE) reported energy consumption in the country’s non-interconnected zones (ZNI).
The entity said that the daily energy demand for these zones in the country was 999.26MWh per day in June, 23.7% more compared to same period last year, La Republica reported.
Generation costs reported a decrease of 3.84%, while distribution costs increased 1.31%.
The institute said that the commercialization cost surcharge rose 0.97%.
In addition, the entity recalled that the government has announced subsidies of CoP$66.8B for the public energy service in these areas.
It is important to remember that the installed capacity in diesel generation is 269,870kW. The installed capacity of photovoltaic generation was 19,742kW, while small hydro generation is now 4,275kW.
Bottom-Line: It is positive to see an upward trend in energy demand in the ZNI, as it shows that new generation sources are meeting energy needs in a timely manner.
The challenge is to continue increasing the participation of renewable energies in these areas, especially since these often do not depend on transmission projects, held up by NIMBY and social conflict.