Reservoir levels higher after a rainy March

Energy, Regulation & Policy    Apr 13, 2021 5:05 PM

XM, the operator of the National Interconnected System (SIN), announced the average water level of reservoirs behind power dams in Colombia.

The entity said that the reservoir levels were 57.87% of the useful volume in March 2021, 4.4% more compared to February this year (53.49%), Valora Analitik reported.

The level by regions was led by Antioquia (78.7%), followed by Caribe (57.3%), Valle (53.6%), Center (47.7%) and Oriente (42.8%).

Rains caused by “La Niña” phenomenon meant water contributions closed March with an average of 171.22% compared to the historical monthly average.

The region with the highest water contributions was Oriente with 188.6%, followed by Centro (187.9%) and Antioquia with (162.8%).

XM’s Jaime Zapata said that the “La Niña” phenomenon was felt more strongly in March.

“This was reflected in higher contributions from the hydro-generation plants, reaching 156.16 GWh-day,” Zapata said.

The expert added that exchanges with Ecuador showed significant growth, going from 7.49 GWh-month in February to 165.53 GWh-month in March. ”

Bottom-Line: Reservoir levels are better but ‘La Niña’ cannot be counted on, confirming the need to continue diversifying the country’s energy matrix.

Colombia needs to reduce its dependence on hydroelectric generation, and natural gas is positioned as the main alternative for the short term. Solar and wind sources are an attractive option for the medium and long term.

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