Colombia has authorized the export of 50 megawatts of energy to Ecuador for six months to help the country cope with a severe drought that has affected its hydroelectric power generation. The energy will be sent through the power grid that connects the two countries.
The drought has caused water levels in Ecuador’s hydroelectric dams to drop leading to power outages and rationing. The situation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has reduced demand for electricity in Ecuado.
The Colombian government has said that it will continue to monitor the situation in Ecuador and may increase the amount of energy it exports if necessary. The move is part of a broader effort by Colombia to strengthen its ties with other countries in the region.
Colombia is one of the largest producers of hydroelectric power in Latin America and has a surplus of energy that it can export. The country is also working to diversify its energy mix and reduce its dependence on hydroelectric power. In recent years, Colombia has invested heavily in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. The country is also exploring the potential of geothermal energy which could provide a stable source of energy for many years to come.
The move to send energy to Ecuador is part of a broader effort by Latin American countries to work together to address common challenges such as climate change and economic development. The region has been hit hard by climate change with more frequent and severe droughts affecting many countries. By working together, countries can share resources and expertise to help each other cope with these challenges. The move by Colombia to send energy to Ecuador is an example of how countries can work together to address common challenges and build a more sustainable future.