Private Investment in Wind Power in Colombia

This report was supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Prosperity Fund for Latin America. It examines the feasibility of private investment in wind power in Colombia within the current regulatory framework.  It focuses especially on the regulatory methodology for estimating the “firm energy” that wind power plants are capable of providing in Colombia to back up hydro generation during extended periods of drought (El Niño weather events).  Our conclusion is that the current methodology probably underestimates wind’s firm energy contribution, possibly by a substantial amount. This in turn means that wind power stations receive a lower firm energy payment than they should.  We consider this to be an important barrier to investment in wind power in Colombia. We recommend that the Colombian Government reconsider their methodology for estimating the firm energy capacity of wind power and of other (non hydro) sources of renewable power.

By: David Robinson , Alvaro Riascos , David Harbord