Promoting a Just and Inclusive Transition to Clean Energy

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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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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.

Renewable energy can increase private investment, economic growth, jobs, and access to clean, reliable, and affordable electricity. USAID supports the Government of Colombia’s efforts to ensure that the traditionally marginalized groups in Colombia also benefit from renewable energy.

USAID is committed to supporting a just and inclusive transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy where Indigenous Peoples, local communities, women, and youth can participate in, benefit from, and lead Colombia’s clean energy future. By engaging traditionally marginalized groups in the development process, renewable energy projects can mitigate the risk of negative social impacts and include these groups in equitable and environmentally sustainable economic growth.

Stories and Case Studies

, 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.

, CASE STUDY – Without sufficient support from local communities, power projects can face delays, cost overruns, and cancellation if communities do not perceive tangible benefits from the power infrastructure investment.

, SUCCESS STORY – Preparing the next generation of energy professionals to lead the integration of increasing amounts of renewable energy.

Engendering Industries Program Partner Profiles

Three female Celsia technicians in safety gear operate a drone to inspect power equipment.
Celsia is a Colombian power utility that generates 100 percent of its power from clean energy. Thirty percent of the utility’s 2,100 employees are women.
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Celsia is a Colombian power utility that generates 100 percent of its power from clean energy. Thirty percent of the utility’s 2,100 employees are women.

A small group of happy female and male engineers in hard hats review technical documents at a power station
CENS is a Colombian power utility that is at the forefront of the global energy transition. CENS serves over 560,000 customers and employs 600 people, and thirty percent are women.
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CENS is a Colombian power utility that is at the forefront of the global energy transition. CENS serves over 560,000 customers and employs 600 people, and thirty percent are women.

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Grupo ISA operates across six countries, has over 50 affiliates and subsidiaries, and employs over 4,000 people. Engendering Industries will support two of Grupo ISA’s subsidiary companies: ISA Intercolombia and Internexa.
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Grupo ISA operates across six countries, has over 50 affiliates and subsidiaries, and employs over 4,000 people. Engendering Industries will support two of Grupo ISA’s subsidiary companies: ISA Intercolombia and Internexa.

For More Information

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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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2018–ONGOING, COLOMBIA – 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.

USAID Colombia

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.

Last updated: June 14, 2022

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