At Celsia, regulation is strategic to guarantee the conditions of competition that allow us to incorporate new technologies and business models.
GRI (103-1) A large part of our businesses, projects and activities are carried out in a sector that – because it provides a public utility – has a regulatory framework that limits the actions of the participating agents. Therefore, the operation of our businesses and their growth are promoted or restricted in accordance with the construction of an adequate regulatory framework that is transformed according to market evolution.
At Celsia, regulation is key to making the investment strategy a reality, to guarantee the conditions of competition that allow us to carry out both the activities in which we participate and the development and introduction of new business models and the achievement of short-, medium- and long-term goals.
GRI (103-2) Our participation and leadership before unions and the Government remains focused on promoting those adjustments necessary to modernize the energy market in the context of the transformation that this market is going through in Colombia, promoting the inclusion of new technologies and businesses in competitive, operationally viable conditions.
In Central America, management has focused on promoting distributed generation, the establishment of smart grids and – particularly – on improving contracting conditions for large clients. In this region, we actively participate in various private business associations, including the World Energy Council Panama (WEC), The Panamanian National Association of Electric Generators (ANPAG, in Spanish), the Union of Industrialists of Panama (SIP, in Spanish), the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE, in Spanish), the Costa Rican Association of Energy Producers (ACOPE, in Spanish), and the Alliance of Self-Production with Solar Energy (APROSOL) in Honduras, where we contribute our knowledge and experience to improve the electricity market in those countries.
Together with the Colombian Association of Electric-Power Generators (ACOLGEN, in Spanish) and the National Association of Public Utilities and Communications Companies of Colombia (ANDESCO, in Spanish), different meetings were held with the Energy and Gas Regulation Commission (CREG, in Spanish) the Mining-Energy Planning Unit and the Ministry of Mines and Energy, where the problem associated with the capture of connection capacity in the National Interconnected System (SIN, in Spanish) by promoters who only had the intention of selling it, and not actually developing projects, was raised. Finally, progress was made with the issuance of CREG Resolution 075 of 2021, which will allow the release of connection capacity that was hoarded, mainly by projects with a low probability of financial closure.
Since the end of 2020, we have provided a study carried out by EY for Celsia, which was presented to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Energy and Gas Regulation Commission (CREG) and unions (ANDESCO and the Colombian Association of Electric Energy Distributors, ASOCODIS), where it has been shown that the main benefits of implementing AMI are directly reflected in clients. It was concluded that, in order to achieve financial closure in the deployment of AMI, the contribution of resources by the State and the clients is necessary. Therefore, a proposal was presented that was accepted by the unions, based on a scheme similar to that of Works for Taxes, where companies receive tax benefits for the implementation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure.
These high-precision meters allow damage to the network to be detected in less time, which is why they can be attended to more agilely, help to have a more-precise measurement of energy consumption and allow its remote reading.
Is a private, non-profit union organization, unrelated to political issues and created with the aim of promoting free, healthy competition and the sustainable, efficient development of the Colombian electricity market, particularly from the electricity-generation activity.
Is a non-profit entity that brings together the main electricity-distribution and commercializing companies that serve regulated and unregulated users throughout Colombia, which seeks to bring the electricity service in the country to be a global benchmark in competitiveness, coverage, quality, reliability and innovation.
Is a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of affiliated companies of residential public utilities and communications.
These are our short-, medium- and long-term challenges:
ACOPE: The Costa Rican Association of Energy Producers
ANPAG: The Panamanian National Association of Electric Generators
APEDE: The Panamanian Association of Business Executives
APROSOL: The Alliance of Self-Production with Solar Energy
SEN: The National Secretary of Energy of Panama
SIP: The Union of Industrialists of Panama
WEC: The World Energy Council Panama
Microgrids: A group of distributed loads and energy resources with a clearly defined electrical frontier, which has the ability to be self-sufficient and operate in isolation or in parallel with the electrical system to supply local demand.
Prosumer: Users who actively participate in the service-provision chain with different interactions, usually with self-consumption, as well as having the possibility to benefit from their surplus energy.
Regulatory Framework: All the resolutions issued by the Energy and Gas Regulation Commission (CREG, in Spanish). It is part of the general framework, such as the Political Constitution, and is made up, among others, of codes, laws, decrees and resolutions.
Self-Generation: Electric power generation carried out in the end-client’s installation or at an adjoining site, the production of which is based on directly meeting the client’s demand, without it being necessary to use the distribution network for this. As a requirement to inject it into the network, it must have been generated through non-conventional renewable energies. Self-generated energy will supply part of the total electricity consumption.
Wholesale Market: A set of information-exchange systems between generators and marketers of large blocks of electrical energy in the Commercial Exchange System, to carry out long-term energy contracts and in the Energy Exchange on defined quantities and prices, subject to the Operating Regulations and other applicable rules.