Guatemalan Electricity Among the most Expensive in Latin America

Electricity consumption rates are located in third place with $0.17 per kWh, surpassed by the Dominican Republic, $0.23 and Panama, $0.20.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

According to the study by the Argentine consultancy Montamat, which evaluated the prices of 13 countries in Latin America, Edenorte in the Dominican Republic has the highest electricity rates, Edemet of Panama is in second place and Empresa Eléctrica of Guatemala, S. A. (EEGSA) is in third.

A spokeswoman for the EEGSA, Ivette Zambrano told "The price paid by consumers is composed as follows: 68% corresponds to energy generation and transmission costs, 18% for tax charges (12% Added value Tax and a municipal tariff for lighting) and 14% that the company earns to invest and operate the network. Most energy is produced from petroleum derivatives."

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