Colombia’s Clean Energy Future

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USAID is helping Colombia diversify its energy mix with renewable energy while combating climate change, lowering electricity costs, creating local jobs, and promoting gender equality in the energy sector.
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USAID is helping Colombia diversify its energy mix with renewable energy while making its grid more resilient to climate change, lowering electricity costs, creating local jobs, and promoting gender equality in the energy sector.

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After the Storm: Creating a Sustainable Energy Future for Providencia Island Following Hurricane Iota

, CLIMATELINKS.ORG – Providencia previously relied entirely on fossil fuels. Hurricane Iota created an opportunity for the island to rebuild a more sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure that could better withstand climate change.

Colombia has one of the largest installed hydropower capacities in South America. For years, as much as 77 percent of Colombia’s electricity supply came from hydropower, but droughts intensified by the climate crisis made hydropower less reliable. Temperature increases and changes in precipitation patterns will likely lead to water shortages in Colombia. With more climate impacts on the horizon, Colombia needs to increase energy resilience while achieving low-carbon development.

USAID is helping the Government of Colombia integrate clean energy and transition to a more resilient, competitive, and cost-effective power system. USAID helps create competitive energy markets and reduce energy costs by developing transparent power procurement policies. USAID also builds institutional capacity to integrate renewable energy into the power grid, promotes gender equality in the energy sector, and works with the private sector to produce affordable, renewable electricity.

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Colombia’s auctions facilitate competitive renewable energy price setting, lower costs, expand access to affordable and sustainable energy, and increase transparency of energy procurement.

COLOMBIA – Colombia’s auctions facilitate competitive renewable energy price setting, lower costs, expand access to affordable and sustainable energy, and increase transparency of energy procurement.

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With more climate impacts on the horizon, Colombia has committed to diversifying its energy mix and making its power grid more resilient to climate change.
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COLOMBIA – With more climate impacts on the horizon, Colombia has committed to diversifying its energy mix and making its power grid more resilient to climate change.

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As competitively procured renewable energy generation ramps up in Colombia, training the next generation of clean energy leaders while engaging local communities is more important than ever before.
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COLOMBIA – As competitively procured renewable energy generation ramps up in Colombia, training the next generation of clean energy leaders while engaging local communities is more important than ever before.

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Renewable Energy Auctions Support Colombia Climate Targets

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, CLIMATELINKS.ORG – The Government of Colombia, with the help of USAID, held renewable energy auctions as a policy tool to reach climate targets.

, FACT SHEET – As a result of auctions, Colombia’s share of energy from solar and wind is expected to increase the country’s energy resilience and cultivate low-carbon development.

, SUCCESS STORY – While Guajira is rich in wind and solar power, it is a desert region and one of the most underdeveloped and impoverished parts of Colombia.

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USAID supports government and citizen efforts in Colombia to promote economic prosperity through the licit economy; improve the living conditions of victims of violence and vulnerable groups, including Afro-Colombians and indigenous peoples; promote respect for human rights and rule of law; and address climate change and environmental issues in one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world.

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Through the Scaling Up Renewable Energy program, USAID helps partner countries power economies with renewable energy, meet international climate commitments, and open markets to private investment and competition.
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2017–ONGOING, GLOBAL – USAID’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) program helps partner countries meet bold climate commitments by accelerating their transition to more affordable, reliable, and accessible energy that spurs growth, powers health systems, and reduces emissions.

Through SURE, USAID provides a variety of services to help policymakers, utilities, and regulators plan, procure, and integrate renewable energy, modernize energy sectors, and create policies that enable sustainable energy markets to flourish. As more countries aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and reduce hazardous waste, SURE’s Innovation Fund supports clean energy technology, energy efficiency innovation, and a circular economy for renewable energy equipment.

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Auctions are best practice for procuring least-cost energy. This competitive, transparent process helps countries meet their energy and climate goals and attract investment into their clean energy futures.
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TOOLKIT – Auctions are best practice for procuring least-cost energy. This competitive, transparent process helps countries meet their energy and climate goals and attract investment into their clean energy futures.

In today’s rapidly evolving renewable energy marketplace, it can be challenging to keep track of current best practices in renewable energy policy, innovations, and market trends. USAID developed the Renewable Energy Auction Toolkit to help international development professionals, energy ministries, utilities, policymakers, and regulators to design and successfully implement energy auctions that expand access to affordable and sustainable clean energy.

Last updated: June 15, 2022

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