The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinMinas) spoke about its ‘energy efficiency’ program. Here are the details.
From a MinMinas statement, with translation and commentary from ePower Colombia:
“Following the first phase of the energy efficiency program, the government will invest CoP$20B in replacing refrigerators in strata 1 and 2 households, in the departments of Atlántico, Magdalena, La Guajira, Bolívar, Córdoba, Sucre and Cesar.
The change for refrigerators with lower energy consumption can represent approximate savings of CoP$15,000 in the users’ bills and will contribute to the protection of the environment with a decrease of 16,000 tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to planting 32,000 trees.
The first phase of the energy efficiency program is aimed at reducing the energy consumption of strata 1 and 2, which represent more than 70% of the electric power service users in the Caribbean Coast.
This will also reduce the pressure on the interconnected system of the region, contributing to a better service quality.
The program focuses, initially, on refrigerators, given that these are the equipment with the highest consumption (between 40% and 60%, in a household of these strata).
In the later phases, the program seeks to move forward with the replacement of air conditioners and luminaires, in the residential and official sectors, and in the installation of solar panels in the City Hall offices, health centers and aqueducts.
The Caribbean Region is the second with the highest electricity consumption in Colombia, after the center of the country, with about 24% of total consumption.
While the increase in the annual electric power consumption at a national level is on average 5%, in the Caribbean Region, it is close to 9%.”
Bottom-line: We are glad to hear that the government is putting all its efforts into creating an environmentally focused policy for low income families.
Aside from reducing pollution levels, the strategy will help educate people on the importance of saving energy, especially in the Caribbean region, where Electricaribe’s situation is a bit… entangled.