‘Humanizing energy’

Regulation & Policy    Aug 18, 2021 3:43 PM

José Antonio Vargas, President of the World Energy Council (WEC), said that it is necessary to begin the humanization of energy.

The expert said that this can be used as a tool to face the challenges associated with climate change and reduce the footprint of human activities on the environment, La Republica reported.

“We believe that humanizing energy is precisely about understanding that the problem of energy transition goes beyond technologies and discussions on the supply side,” Vargas said.

He added that it is important to understand that the consumer and the demand side are going to be at the center of these energy systems to have a successful energy transition.

“We have to include energy consumers, ordinary citizens in the discussions we have about the future of the energy sector from the very beginning,” Vargas highlighted.

SER Colombia’s Germán Corredor said that the path is clear and what is needed now is to do it faster, as climate change is a global imperative.

Corredor acknowledged that progress to date is still small, but it is significant and encouraging considering the short time the country has been promoting this sector.

“Today, we have around 23 large-scale projects under development, 14 solar parks distributed in various departments, and 9 wind projects in La Guajira,” Corredor said.

In addition, the Minister of Energy (MinEnergia), Diego Mesa, said that 18,000 rural families have benefited from unconventional renewable energy connections.

“We went from two active unconventional renewable energy based projects to 13 additional ones already in operation, multiplying by 10 the installed renewable energy from 28MW to 300MW,” MinEnergia highlighted.

Bottom-Line: The government has successfully managed to boost investments and development of unconventional energy in the country in recent years.

Colombia is on the right track to continue growing in this sector, but the government must leave a solid regulatory framework to provide legal certainty to investors in the medium and long term.

And, as the WEC says, including communities will be fundamental to advance the growth of the sector, as their resistance is delaying several projects around the country.

 

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