Micro electric companies in Guatemala seek $2 billion

The CNEE is hoping to generate 1,000 mW of renewable energy, with an private investment of $2 billion.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Carlos Colom, president of the National Electric Energy Commission of Guatemala, indicated that coffee farms could provide 558 mW, and the rest could be provided by the private sector, at $2 million for each mW.

Andy Burge, coffe farmer from Suchitepequez, expressed optimism for this type of investment, since it could expand the electric generation capacity of his farm to sell extra power.

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Increase in Power Generation Based on Coal

September 2013

The four plants in operation in Guatemala increased their share to 22% of the total, up from 15% a year ago.

According to data from the Wholesale Market Administrator (AMM), the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Association of Independent Cogenerators (ACI), the country has four active coal plants, with an effective power of 284 MW, plus 6 under construction, which will provide 600 MW.

International Energy Tender Attracts 24 Companies

August 2011

A tender for the provision of 800 MW of electricity for the next 15 years has attracted companies producing energy using wind power, hydro power, biomass, bunker fuel, coal and natural gas.

Among the companies interested in the bidding which will take place in January 2012 are, Cutuco Energy, Italy's Enel, los ingenios Pantaleón, La Unión and Magdalena, among others, said Carlos Colom Bickford, president of the National Energy Commission (CNEE).

Electric Market Plan Until 2022

October 2009

A recently released Expansion Plan states Guatemala could output up to 4.700 MW, by building 50 power plants of different types.

CNEE, the National Electric Energy Commission, has devised the Energy Generation Expansion Plan for 2008-2022, which aims to generate 4.690 MW by constructing 50 power plants. From these, 34 hydroelectric and two geothermal energy projects have already been approved.

Guatemala: electric grid open to micro power plants

October 2008

Small and micro power generation plants can now connect to Guatemala's power grid and sell its energy surpluses.

With the approval of the Distributed Power Generation Rule, the National Electric Energy Commission (CNEE) looks to facilitate and promote the installation of new small and micro power generation plants. The rule allows existing plants to connect the the national power grid.

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