Regulation & Policy Jul 22, 2019 5:00 PM
The National Environmental Licensing Agency (ANLA) created a strategy to be closer to communities and inform about projects that will be carried out in their territories. The entity will hold information meetings about an energy project that covers several regions of the country.
According to a press release, the ANLA will hold five information meetings and three public hearings on the North Substation and Northern Transmission Line project.
This project has a distance of 383km and crosses three departments with influence in 37 municipalities. The Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME) pointed out that this transmission line will work as the first backup to the 500 kilowatt network of the eastern area.
The ANLA called the National Attorney General’s Office, Ombudsman’s Office, Governors of Santander, Boyacá and Cundinamarca, mayors and representatives of the 37 municipalities in the area of influence, representatives of the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Santander (CAS), Corpoboyacá, communities and all interested in participating or attending this process of citizen participation.
The first information meeting will be held on July 31 in the municipality of Carmen de Chucurí (Santander); the second, on August 4 in Vélez (Santander); the third, on August 8 in Nemocón (Cundinamarca), the fourth, on August 10 in San Francisco de Sales (Cundinamarca); and the fifth, on August 11 in San Antonio del Tequendama.
The public hearings will be on August 30, in Vélez (Santander); September 4, in Chiquinquirá (Boyacá); and on September 8, in La Mesa (Cundinamarca).
The Bogotá Energy Group (GEB) is in charge of the development of this important project to meet energy needs of the Center and East of the country.
Bottom-Line: The ANLA has been active improving its processes and relations with communities, which is key to allow the development of new projects. Hopefully, these actions will improve the relationship between communities, authorities and the industry.
An industry leader told us that community resistance had made large energy projects “impossible”. Let us hope that the ANLA makes this process work and does not simply let this run wild and make it “not work”.