Renewable energy projects with delays

Regulation & Policy, Renewables    Jun 24, 2021 7:03 PM

Authorities had committed to develop several renewable energy projects as part of the economic reactivation process, but these are not progressing at the expected pace.

The government had committed to accelerate the development of 27 strategic renewable energy and transmission projects as part of the economic reactivation plan, Portafolio reported.

However, these projects report delays in the work progress or connection problems.

The projects: nine wind, five solar, three geothermal, one hydro generation and nine transmission lines (including Colectora), represent investments of CoP$16T. They might be operational by the end of 2023 or early 2024.

Hiccups from prior consultations, problems with indigenous groups, and infrastructure deficiencies in roads and ports in La Guajira are the main drawbacks that the projects have faced.

“There is only one public maritime port (Puerto Brisa) with capacity to receive oversized and extra-heavy cargo corresponding to the wind turbines, which is located at a great distance from the wind project clusters in La Guajira,” Vice Minister of Energy, Miguel Lotero, explained.

Renewable projects are scheduled to guarantee reliable energy starting in 2022, but the failure of these to enter on time will fail to contribute 1,577 MW of installed capacity to the generation matrix.

Andeg’s Alejandro Castañeda said that the country must continue with the construction of the projects assigned in previous auctions.

“These projects are key to the economic reactivation of the country,” Castañeda said.

Bottom-Line: Authorities should remember that allocating and signing contracts is only one step in the development of renewable energy.

The government is planning a new auction, but the previous projects are not moving forward, and this situation could decrease investors’ interest.

It could be important to work on the issues of prior consultations and infrastructure to help companies…

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