Energy transition challenges

Regulation & Policy, Renewables    Jul 13, 2021 4:29 PM

XM’s María Nohemí Arboleda spoke about the challenges of the energy transition in Colombia.

The expert said that the integration of renewables, emissions reduction and sustainability play a key role in achieving the energy transition in the country, Valora Analitik reported.

Resilience will be vital to anticipate, prepare and adapt quickly to changing conditions, Arboleda said.

She said that integrating new technologies hand in hand with system realities is a key synergy to meet climate change goals.

Arboleda said that boosting the use of transmission technologies, direct current transmission systems, intelligent transmission devices and international interconnections will be challenges in this process.

Another challenge will be the use of large-scale batteries, with the possibility of alleviating restrictions, providing complementary services or being an integral part of wind farms and solar energy farms.

Arboleda explained that near-term market design must allow an efficient and complete integration of new technologies.

The expert said that new market design and market solutions are needed for the participation of aggregators and retailers.

Arboleda highlighted that Colombia needs greater enforcement on the use and production of hydrogen.

This fuel should fill the gaps where new sources cannot replace fossil fuels and where limited supplies of sustainable bioenergy cannot cope with, according to Arboleda.

Bottom-Line: The energy transition process represents many challenges in regulatory, operational and social issues.

The government must work on leaving a solid regulatory framework, and bring the private sector closer to the communities to avoid problems in this process.

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