On December 16 (local time), Chairman Liu Zhenya of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) visited Colombia and held talks with Ricardo Humberto Ramírez Carrero, General Director of Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME) of the Republic of Colombia, and Alejandro Gaviria Uribe, President of Universidad de los Andes. They had in-depth discussions on the development of Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) and Central and South American Energy Interconnection, clean energy development and power grid interconnection in Colombia and other topics of common concern, with important consensus reached.
Liu Zhenya comprehensively introduced GEI, its significance and its recent progress. According to Liu, in essence, GEI is “Smart Grid + UHV Grid + Clean Energy”. It is an important platform for large-scale development, allocation and consumption of clean energy worldwide, providing a technologically advanced, cost-effective, viable and scalable solution for promoting global climate governance and implementing the Paris Agreement. Power grid interconnection can take advantage of differences in resources, seasons, time zones and power prices among countries and regions in a coordinated, economical and efficient manner to promote the large-scale development and wide-range allocation of clean energy.
Ricardo Humberto Ramírez Carrero said that the GEI has created a bright prospect for the future development of energy and electricity. Colombia is actively expanding the installed capacity of renewable energy nationwide, promoting wind power projects in the north, and studying and planning interconnection projects with Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and other Central and South American countries. He also said that all parties are welcome to participate in the investment and construction of energy projects in Colombia, in an effort to jointly promote the clean energy development, out-bound delivery and cross-border power grid interconnection projects in Colombia.
Alejandro Gaviria Uribe highly agrees with the concept of GEI. He remarked that GEI is crucial for Colombia to tackle climate change and implement the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He hoped to strengthen exchange with GEIDCO and tap the cooperation potential in concept promotion, joint research and alliance development, and make concerted efforts to promote the innovative development of GEI.
Central and South American Energy Interconnection is an important part of GEI. After in-depth and systematic research, GEIDCO proposed the plan to build the Central and South American Energy Interconnection to promote the development of clean energy resources such as hydro, wind and solar in the region, forming an energy pattern of “hydropower transmission from North to South, wind power transmission from South to North, solar power transmission from West to East and intercontinental power mutual support between South and North America”, so as to realize clean, reliable and economic supply of energy and electricity.