Energy May 24, 2021 3:37 PM
Experts from the energy sector spoke about the energy transition process in Colombia.
Acolgen’s Natalia Gutiérrez said that Colombia should stop looking at what happens in other regions as “fashion” and think ahead and within the country’s energy needs, Valora Analitik reported.
“We must stop and check first if the machine works well. If we check and the machine is malfunctioning, then we must look at what adjustments to make,” Gutierrez said.
Gutiérrez said that the country needs to review the lessons learned from other regions to see what new energies can enter according to the situation that Colombia is experiencing.
“We have to stop comparing ourselves with what is happening outside and start looking inside,” the expert highlighted.
Andesco’s Camilo Sánchez said that the country must have self-criticism, and after the pandemic, a bigger challenge may be the economic consequences of the national strike.
“After killing the tiger, now we are scaring ourselves with the skin,” Sanchez said.
Naturgas’ Andrés Sarmiento said that the country must have a planned energy transition.
“We have to ask ourselves to what extent we are prepared to make that transition, to know what it should be,” Sarmiento said.
Bottom-Line: No surprise that the traditional players want to slow down the transition, given that they have the most to lose. The country has great potential in solar and wind energy, and authorities are doing a great job to leverage it.
The issue, as the associations rightly allude, is cost – but cost from a comprehensive viewpoint.