Energy Jun 16, 2021 5:09 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 80.14% of their usable volume in May 2021, 17% more compared to April this year (62.81%).
The level by regions was led by Antioquia (100%), followed by Oriente (80.3%), Valle (79.3%), Caribbean (74.6%) and Center (60.2%).
XM’s Jaime Zapata said that the hydroelectric contributions were 135.44% of the historical average, contributing to the recovery of the hydroelectric reserves of the electric system.
The expert explained that generation with non-renewable resources (fossil fuel) had a 13.25% share and generation with renewable resources, a share of 86.75%.
“From XM we continue with a permanent monitoring of the variables of the system and working with the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) and the other actors of the energy ecosystem to ensure the provision of service with safety and reliability,” Zapata said.
Bottom-Line: Reservoir levels are at good levels thanks to the rainy season, but authorities estimate that this will end in the coming month. The need to diversify the energy matrix is still present and the country must continue on the path of encouraging renewable energies.