Colombia eyeing offshore wind development to help meet 12% share of non-conventional renewables by 2022

The Colombian government is drafting regulations for offshore wind power generation off the Caribbean coast, as part of efforts to diversify the hydro-dependent energy mix. The government hopes to raise the share of non-conventional renewable power – mainly solar and wind – to 12% of the energy mix by 2022 from less than 1% today. According to energy ministry planning unit UPME, developers have submitted plans for 17 onshore wind projects totaling 2.5GW of installed capacity. The largest are the 378MW Andrea Jusayu (formerly Cerrito) complex and the 325MW Guajira II park, both in the Caribbean coastal department of La Guajira. More than two thirds of Colombia’s installed power capacity comes from hydropower with the remainder mostly derived from fossil fuel-fired thermoelectric plants.

Source: Bnamericas