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The level of the reservoirs rose one point and today is at 29.5%

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The level of the reservoirs rose one point and today is at 29.5%

The country’s reservoirs, as of this Monday, are at a level of 29.5% and showed an “important recovery” of 1% compared to the previous week. During the weekend, including last Friday when the Government of Change decreed the Civic Day of Peace with Nature, a 4% decrease in energy demand was recorded.

This was reported by the ministries of Mines and Energy and Environment and Sustainable Development, who warned that although the level of the reservoirs has improved, “victory cannot be declared,” and it is necessary to continue with the water and energy saving campaign: ‘Close the key and turn off the light.’

Faced with the increase in the level of the reservoirs, President Gustavo Petro said today in his official X account: “From 27%, which was the critical level where electricity rationing began, we have gone this weekend to 29.5%. thanks to the savings on Civic Day and the rains.

The president added that his trill: “We are moving away from rationing, but it is still not solid that the sufficient level of rain will be maintained. “We have to continue saving.”

For her part, the Minister of Environment, Susana Muhamad, said that this week there will be new rains, in accordance with the forecasts of the Ideam (Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies). However, April will close with a range below the normal average for this month.

And compared to next May, the official explained that the rains will decrease in intensity in the first week, but throughout the month the average will be within the expected levels.

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Minister Muhamad assured that due to the rains, 691 municipalities remain on alert for landslides, especially in the Pacific region, while 95 of these are on red alert.

?For his part, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Andrés Camacho, delivered a report on the actions carried out to mitigate the effects of the El Niño phenomenon throughout the country.

To encourage energy savings, the minister said that a CREG (Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission) resolution was published for comments that establishes incentives for savings made by users starting with the April 15 billing cycle, as follows:

If consumption is higher than this average, the user will be charged an additional percentage for each Kvh higher than their reference.

– For strata 1 to 3 it will have a 30% higher cost for each Kvh.

– For strata 4 to 6, the highest cost per additional Kvh will be 50% higher.

– For the commerce and industry sector the additional cost will be 100% per Kvh.

The additional collection made by each marketer to users who exceeded the reference consumption levels will be paid proportionally, as an incentive, to those who had a consumption lower than the reference.

This is how the measures adopted regarding the energy situation go:

1. Surveillance and Control:

– The average consumption for the month is 231.2 GW hour, of which 48% is hydraulic; 46% thermal; and 5% Renewable.

– With the managers of ENEL, EPM and CELSIA, which have the reservoirs with the highest reserve level, the status and commitment to having energy available during this final period of El Niño was reviewed.

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– The Superintendence of Public Services and the Ministry of Mines and Energy visited the Guatapé, Playas and La Tasajera reservoirs to verify their operating status.

This week the Porce 2, Porce 3 reservoirs, the Termovalle and Termoemcali thermoelectric plants will be visited.

2. Other regulatory measures were adopted, including:

– Incorporation of more renewable energy through the UPME (Mining Energy Planning Unit) which published Resolution 261 of 2024 to expand the possibility of incorporating surplus energy into the system.

– Regulation Decree 0484 of April 16, 2024, which expands the thermal energy generation capacity during the El Niño phenomenon.

The imported natural gas available in the primary and secondary markets will be used exclusively for the delivery of energy to the National Interconnected System for thermal generation and self-generation plants that do not have energy obligations in the Reliability Charge scheme.

– The CREG signed three Resolutions ready to implement transitional measures to increase the supply of energy; establish a transitional program for the active participation of demand in the energy exchange, and define the procedure for the dispatch of small hydraulic plants.

3. In addition, the Planeta Rica Solar Park (Córdoba) and two other additional solar parks that are undergoing technical tests entered the system: Guamo and Abo wind. In total, there will be 39.7 MW of additional renewable energy entering the national energy system.

Ecopetrol estimates that the Rubiales and Hocol self-generation projects, which provide 12 MW, would come into operation in mid-May. Added to this is that the Colombian Mining Association identified energy surpluses of 80 MW, of which 20 MW could enter immediately. With RSF

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