Guatemala Stops Buying Mexican Electricity

Purchase of electricity coming from Mexico halted on 31 August due to the expiry of a temporary contract.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The exchange will resume once the new contract comes into force between Guatemala's National Electrification Institute and Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE in Spanish).

The new commercial contract will be signed on Tuesday 14 September and will improve the prices paid by Guatemala.

Rosa Bolaños, writing for Prensa Libre, comments that, "the average price of the commercial contract will be $73.84 per megawatt hour... compared to the temporary contract in which it was $90.33".

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Mexico Supplies 8.5% of Guatemala´s Energy

November 2010

The percentage comes from the purchase of 54 thousand 106.1 megawatt hours (MWh).

The purchase serves some 180 thousand 300 houses with an average consumption of 300 kilowatt hours per month, according to data from the National Energy Commission (CNEE).

"Carlos Colom, president of the National Energy Commission (CNEE), indicated that the result of the interconnection, besides stabilizing the system to avoid blackouts or reinforce what is generated by the country, is that at certain times during the day it helps lower the price (spot price for energy market opportunity)", reports Prensalibre.com.

Electrical Interconnection Test Successful

April 2009

The tests for electrical interconnection between Guatemala and Mexico were done yesterday with positive results.

Electrical interconnection will allow Guatemala to purchase 200 megawatts of energy from Mexico and vice versa. If necessary, Mexico could buy up to 70 megawatts from Guatemala.

Guatemala Now Importing Energy From Mexico

February 2010

The electric interconnection system between both countries was inaugurated today with Guatemala’s purchase of 120 megawatts.

Fredy López, from INDE, the National Electrification Institute, explained that this purchase is regarded as a test.

The country expects to purchase an average 1.695 mWh during weekdays and 2.160 during weekends, stated López.

Barriers to Regional Energy Interconnection

July 2011

Interconnecting Mexico, Central America and Colombia is no easy task, and the Darien obstacle is one of the largest.

More than 40 indigenous groups are connected to the Panamanian territory, and discussions and consultations are being conducted with them seeking authorization for the project feasibility studies.

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