Electricity sector in Colombia

The electricity sector in Colombia is largely dominated by hydro power generation (81 of production) and thermal (19 ). However, the great potential of the country in new renewable energy technologies (mainly wind, solar and biomass) had hardly been explored. The 2001 law designed to promote alternative energies lacks key provisions to achieve this goal, such as feed-in tariffs, and so far has had little impact. Large thermal power plants dominate hidraulicay current expansion plans. The construction of a transmission line with Panama, which links Colombia with Central America, already under way.
An interesting feature of the electricity sector in Colombia (as well as its water supply sector) is the existence of a system of cross-subsidies from users who live in areas considered relatively affluent, and users who consume higher amounts of electricity to those living in areas considered to be poor and those who use less electricity.
The electricity sector has been ungroup in generation, transmission, distribution and marketing since the reforms of the electricity sector in 1994. About half of the generation capacity is private. Private participation in electricity distribution is much lower.

Lebanon Daily News
An as-yet-unidentified company has taken preparatory steps towards the construction of a 950-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant in North Lebanon Township .
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Ministry of Energy is reviewing the options on the mothballed 600 megawatt power plant in Sucat Road in Metro Manila, including the reorganization and reopening to generate more electricity for the Luzon grid, Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes said.
Sunday Star
MAASIM, Sarangani – Residents of this city and nearby Kiamba flocked in droves to the municipal gymnasium Friday to hear Conal Holdings Corp. Heating costs are reduced with a leading New York ESCO. (CHC) are present for 200 megawatt coal-fired power project in a public hearing.
05 March 2009 Ras al-Khaimah, the development of a coal mine in Indonesia, the construction of a coal-fired power plant in the emirate over the next two years for its fast growing demand for electricity.

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