Colombia imposes 10% renewables quota on power distributors


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The Colombian government has introduced the obligation for power distributors to acquire clean energy.

Resolution 40715 has now been approved by Colombia’s Ministry of Energy and Mines and mandates that all power companies operating in the wholesale energy market ensure at least 10% of the power they distribute has come from renewables.

The annual obligation will come into force from January 1, 2022.

The resolution, the draft version of which was put out to consultation in 2019, stipulates power companies must procure the clean energy concerned under long-term contracts lasting at least a decade and registered with the Administrator of the Commercial Exchange System.

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