Target for unconventional installed capacity

Regulation & Policy, Renewables    Aug 17, 2021 4:43 PM

The Minister of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia), Diego Mesa, spoke about the unconventional installed capacity target for this year.

Mesa said that the entity expects to close 2021 with close to double the current installed capacity in unconventional renewable energies (292 MW), Portafolio reported.

He said that the goal is to have projects installed or under construction that would represent an installed capacity of 2,500MW in 2022.

“We will be accompanying the inauguration of solar farms this semester in Sucre, Tolima, Cesar, Bolivar and Atlántico. We are going to double what we have today by the end of 2021, despite the pandemic,” Mesa highlighted.

The expert said that the energy transition is not only based on solar and wind projects, but the country is also betting on new sources of energy generation, which will receive different incentives thanks to the recently passed Energy Transition Law and the public policies that the Government has promoted.

“We are not limited to solar and wind energy: we have already inaugurated the first geothermal pilot plant in Casanare and two more are coming. We inaugurated the Fazenda biogas plant in Meta and we will also implement a forest biomass project in Vichada,” Mesa said.

Mesa recalled that the government published the hydrogen roadmap for comments, and authorities expect to socialize it definitively in September.

“This with the goal of leveraging the country’s potential as an exporter of this energy source,” Mesa added.

Mesa said that the massification of unconventional renewable energies will continue to consolidate thanks to the third auction.

Bottom-Line: Colombia has a great potential in unconventional renewable energies, and the government has made an enormous effort to leverage it and leave a solid foundation to boost the growth of this sector in the medium and long term.

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