The Director of infrastructure and Renewable Energy of the National Planning Department (DNP), Jonathan Bernal, announced a plan to promote renewable energies in Colombia.
Bernal said that the government is currently preparing an environmental plan (Conpes) to establish the guidelines that will open the door to a progressive and organized reduction of fossil fuels, migrating to the massive use of clean and renewable energies in the country.
The Conpes foresees the extensive natural gas use as a fuel to reduce the emission of polluting gases. Authorities plan to promote the use of biogas and renewable gas as well.
Bernal explained that these plans will be complemented with better information technologies and digitization of the hydrocarbon activity.
This project will be ready in the first quarter of 2021.
Fedesarrollo’s researcher Astrid Martínez said that natural gas will play a key role in this transition. The expert said that the country should speed up the construction of regasification plants to compensate for higher demand in the short and medium term.
Martínez said that local gasoline demand will increase substantially in the coming years due to the enormous needs of economic activities such as transportation.
Bottom-Line: The government has made a great effort to diversify the Colombian energy matrix, but this process will take time.
It is good to hear that Authorities will focus on encouraging natural gas use, which is the fossil fuel with the best prospects, while renewable energies gain strength and competitiveness.