When most people think about Colombia, coffee usually comes to mind more so than coal or oil.
However, yesterday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration ("EIA") put a spotlight on the country's energy production when it published its Colombia Country Analysis Brief. The full EIA brief on Colombia can be found here.
Why is this EIA brief important to you? Colombia may be a well-known exporter of high quality coffee, but the country also has significant energy exports that deserve more attention.
Colombia was the fifth-largest crude oil exporter to the United States last year.
According to the EIA brief, Colombia is South America's largest coal producer AND the region's third-largest oil producer, after Venezuela and Brazil.
In fact, "[i]n 2015, Colombia was the world's fifth-largest coal exporter."
Since Colombia produces so much coal, does the country itself run on coal? No - according to the EIA brief, Colombia "relies on hydropower for most of its electricity needs and uses very little coal domestically."
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