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Columbia approves regulations for indigenous groups to produce renewable energy

Colombia has approved regulations that encourage local communities and indigenous groups to produce energy through renewable sources and sell it to the national grid. Only 1% of the country's energy comes from alternative sources. Community leaders, including Afro-Colombians, can now set up partnerships with public and private companies. They will be able to work together to generate power from wind farms, small hydroelectric projects and biofuels. Colombia's left-wing President Gustavo Petro says he wants to diversify the country's energy matrix. Earlier this month, the government opened bids for its first offshore wind farms. More than 70% of the country's power is currently produced by large hydroelectric dams, which have a significant impact on communities and on the environment. More than 50 possible wind and solar projects have been announced in Colombia since 2019, with planned generation of some 2.43 gigawatts in wind energy and 0.1 gigawatts in solar, Reuters news agency reports. None are yet operating. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-67825466?xtor=AL-72-%5Bpartner%5D-%5Bbbc.news.twitter%5D-%5Bheadline%5D-%5Bnews%5D-%5Bbizdev%5D-%5Bisapi%5D&at_bbc_team=editorial&at_ptr_name=twitter&at_format=link&at_link_id=5ADD3416-A46B-11EE-B214-86F1E03B214A&at_campaign=Social_Flow&at_link_origin=BBCWorld&at_campaign_type=owned&at_link_type=web_link&at_medium=social

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  • George Kariuki

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    A huge step forward for Colombia!

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    • walter lungayi

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      This is a positive step towards promoting renewable energy and empowering indigenous communities in Colombia.

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      • Jane Wangui

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        @walter_lungayi I think everyone should be given approval to produce renewable energy.

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

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        A step into the right direction, renewable energy is the way to go 💚💚

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        • Princess

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          This is a significant step forward.

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          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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            Colombia's recent approval of regulations supporting local communities and indigenous groups in producing renewable energy is a significant step toward diversifying the country's energy matrix. With only 1% of Colombia's energy currently sourced from alternative sources, the move allows community leaders, including Afro-Colombians, to establish partnerships with public and private entities for generating power through wind farms, small hydroelectric projects, and biofuels. This initiative aligns with President Gustavo Petro's goal to broaden the energy mix and reduce reliance on large hydroelectric dams, which currently contribute over 70% of the country's power but come with notable social and environmental impacts. The approval of regulations not only facilitates the integration of renewable sources into the national grid but also empowers local communities to actively participate in sustainable energy production. Colombia's decision to open bids for offshore wind farms further underscores the commitment to expanding renewable energy capacities. The announcement of over 50 potential wind and solar projects since 2019, despite none being operational yet, signals a positive shift towards embracing cleaner energy alternatives. This regulatory framework supports the global fight against climate change by encouraging the adoption of sustainable practices and reducing carbon emissions in the energy sector.

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            • Princess

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              @rukia_ahmed_abdi This decision not only promotes sustainable energy practices but also recognizes and empowers indigenous communities to contribute positively to the country's energy landscape.

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            • Rotich Kim

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              This is encouraging we need more of such solutions

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              • Princess

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                @rotich_kim Absolutely, more initiatives like Colombia's support for indigenous renewable energy are essential.

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              • Richard S

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                💚 #NoDams ✊😉

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              • johnte ndeto

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                This is such a great opportunity to local communities and indigenous groups to be able to venture into renewable sources of energy

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                • Princess

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                  @johnte_ndeto Indeed, providing local communities and indigenous groups the opportunity to engage in renewable energy ventures is a significant and empowering step.

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