Weekly Report - 18 April 2024 (WR-24-15)

Ecuador and Colombia facing energy emergencies

Noboa provided no details of where acts of sabotage might have taken place, or who might have been behind them, but he promised an official investigation. He said that anyone found guilty would be considered a “traitor to the motherland and a threat to national security”. In what could turn out to be a hostage to fortune, Noboa also promised that the latest round of power cuts would end soon.

These are not the first power cuts in recent times. Late last year, and running up to the last week of February, electricity rationing had already been in place because of the power shortages, due to drought. The declaration of the state of emergency followed 16 and 17 April blackouts scheduled in different parts of the country. It came the day after Colombia announced that it had been forced to suspend energy exports to Ecuador due to the impact of the El Niño weather phenomenon.

With Colombia’s XM Compañía Expertos en Mercados (XM), a subsidiary of Colombian state transmission

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