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Regulatory development for the electrification of isolated areas in Colombia

I.J. Pérez-Arriaga A. González-García P. Dueñas

June 2019 - December 2019

Funding entity Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID)

Participated by Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT


The Energy Division (ENE) of the InterAmerican Development Bank (IADB) supports the Government of Colombia in structuring a modernization proposal of the institutional and regulatory framework, to facilitate the incorporation of new agents, technologies and transactional schemes in the power market. One of the major tendencies in the sector, together with the decarbonization of the economies and society, is the electrification of the energy matrix. Advancements in information and communication technologies, control and supervision, and the tendency towards an increasing decentralization of the power generation and associated transactions require a favorable framework for innovation and technology. Electricity markets required adjustments to address these challenges, exploring the increasing benefits associated to them thanks to the decrease in the cost of the associated technologies.
In any case, the pending challenges include a guarantee of supply with efficient prices, higher quality and extended universal access and service, increasing the resiliency against climate events. Moreover, changes in the power industry offer opportunities ti increase competition, diversify the generation portfolio, increase the participation of demand, automate distribution networks, take advantage of embedded local resources and modernization of the market structure and regulation. It is necessary to increase the development opportunities associated to decentralization and digitization to generate new value chains, employment and strengthen the fight on climate change.


    Research topics:
  • Universal energy access and rural electrification
  • Regulation of energy network infrastructures
  • Representative electricity networks and applications

2019-ColombiaZNI