The region is trying to regain lost ground, and there are dozens of power generation projects, especially using renewable sources.
The article in Americaeconomia.com pointed to, for example, the current 769 MW of wind energy generation. "In 2009, there should be more than 1,200 MW being added and 1,000 MW in 2010. Considering that investments in the wind industry are around $2 million per MW built, the investment totals some $2.4 billion in this biennium."
According to the article - along with Uruguay, Nicaragua is the country that is advancing the most in the field of wind energy, going from zero to "several dozen MW" of installed capacity. Along with Costa Rica, Nicaragua is also highlighting the trend of taking advantage of small hydroelectricpower plants (SHP).
The new mayor will maintain the ban on power plants using coal or bunker fuel, but accepted those running on clean energy.
The new mayor of the municipality of La Union, Ezequiel Milla, has amended a decree prohibiting the installation of power plants that used coal, liquefied natural gas or any derivation of hydrocarbons as fuel, which was not conducive to investment in the city.
In 2011 Costa Rica increased its use of fossil fuels by 24% in order to meet the demand for energy.
Data from the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep) shows that power generation based on diesel and bunker fuel grew by 24% in 2011 compared to 2010, going from 706.529 MW / h to 930.970 MW / h.
The government of Guatemala has promised to support power projects promoted by cooperatives in rural areas.
Over 10 projects for small hydroelectric facilities are being encouraged by the Confederation of Guatemalan Cooperatives Federation, with the support of the U.S. Federation of Cooperatives for Electricity Generation.
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