Colombia's clean power share at 86.5% in Nov, demand up

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December 16 (Renewables Now) - Colombia produced 86.46% of its electricity from non-conventional renewables and large hydropower plants (HPPs) in November, grid operator XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados has said.

The total clean power production was calculated at 181.31 GWh per day on average, down by 1.44% compared to October. Production from plants using non-renewable sources dropped by 4.18% month-on-month to an average of 28.40 GWh per day.

More on the renewables in the table below:

Technology: Daily average production (in GWh/day): month-on-month change: Share in November:
Bagasse biomass 1.86 -16.77% 1.03%
Biogas 0.01 -50.16% 0.00%
HPP with reservoir 154.23 -1.52% 85.07%
Wind 0.11 24.06% 0.06%
Run-of-river hydro 23.97 -0.11% 13.22%
Solar PV 1.13 11.83% 0.62%

Demand for electricity within the national grid (SIN) in November increased by 6.65% year-on-year to 6,289.74 GWh, and also rose by 5.05% compared to demand observed in November 2019, before the pandemic, XM said.

In the January-November period, demand for power in Colombia grew by 5.56% on the year.

Throughout the month, demand by residential consumers and small businesses rose by 3.87% year-on-year. Industrial and other consumers in the non-regulated market increased their demand by 12.91% on the year.

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