Colombia’s Power Supply at Risk Due to Drought, Plant Shutdowns

3 Mar 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
BOGOTA, Colombia

Colombia’s electricity supply is at risk due to the ongoing effects of El Niño-induced drought and recent problems at two major power plants, government officials said this week.“The combination of factors such as El Niño, scarcity of natural gas, the financial situation of power companies and operational stress have created a risky situation,” the country’s Comptroller Edgardo Maya warned in a statement on March 2nd.He said if the country’s energy production dropped by another 130 megawatts, widespread power electricity cuts could follow.Minister of Mines and Energy Tomás González had told reporters a day earlier that the government had successfully dealt with the effects of drought, which have taken a toll on the country’s hydropower generation...

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