Modifications to self-generation rules

Regulation & Policy    Nov 23, 2021 5:39 PM

Colombia’s Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission (CREG) announced an update of its rules for distributed energy generation and small-scale self-generation through Resolution 174 of 2021.

The entity said that the modifications streamline and clarify operational and commercial aspects in grid connection processes, Valora Analitik reported.

“Self-generators can be residential, commercial and industrial users, located in rural or urban environments,” the CREG explained.

The resolution allows a distributed generator (a utility company that is dedicated exclusively to the activity of power generation) to have a nominal installed capacity of up to 1MW to encourage their development in the country.

The new rules also encourage the arrival of more self-generators and seek greater transparency when assigning connections.

The CREG explained that if a user generating its own energy wishes to provide surpluses to the National Interconnected System (SIN), it must comply with a series of steps divided into stages.

“These stages range from the delivery of the documentation, the technical review and the request for entry into operation. The steps are easy to follow, which will be done initially through an online processing system on the website of the network operator energy company, and subsequently, through a single window administered by the UPME,” the resolution says.

Bottom-Line: This is an important step forward so that more Colombians and small companies are encouraged to invest in renewable energies, and thus generate savings and possible extra income from self-generation.

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