Studies Underway for Guatemalan Hydroelectric Projects

Several projects in Jocotán, that would start operations in 2011, were approved by the National Commission for Electric Energy (CNEE).

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Two projects by the company named "Desarrollo de Generación Eléctrica y Manejo de Recursos Naturales Las Tres Niñas, S.A." were approved, one for 120 megawatts, and the other for 57 megawatts. Additionally, "Generación Limpia de Guatemala, S.A." property of Grupo Unión Fenosa, received the CNEE's approval for 3 projects, which sum 94 megawatts of power.

According the Elperiodico.com.gt "Oscar Arriaga, from the CNEE, indicated that the approval implies a simulation of its impact in the National Electric System, but noted that this projects must still comply with the Environmental Impact Study and obtain authorization for the usage of public property (the rivers) by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), in order to start construction."

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Guatemala Authorizes Hydroelectrics

September 2011

The National Energy Commission has endorsed a number of hydroelectric generation projects that currently lack authorization to use the river flow.

Among the approved projects are hydroelectric La Perla (in San Miguel Tucurú, Alta Verapaz), presented by Hidrosacpur S.A., with a capacity of 3.7 megawatts and the Santa Teresa project, which will provide 16 megawatts for the system, presented by Agrocomercial Polochic.

More Hydroelectricity Projects in Guatemala

August 2009

To date, 37 hydroelectric and 2 geothermal projects have been approved, which could generate a total 1.681 MW.

In the past years there was an increase in the number of hydroelectric projects seeking authorization for operating in Guatemala, reported Carlos Colom, CNEE president.

New Hydroelectric Project in Guatemala

March 2009

The Sismite hydroelectric project received the green light for a technical study from the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

The Director General of Energy of the MEM approved the use of the Montagua River by the company Generadora Nacional to build the Sisimite hydroelectric project.

Firms aim to boost investment in electricity for Guatemala

July 2008

Investment in Guatemalan electricity projects is being stepped up. In the latest move, the Ministry of Energy and Mines has authorized Recursos Energéticos Pasac to build the Cuevamaría hydroelectric project.

So far this year, the National Electricity Commission (CNEE) has been asked by Italy-based Enel Guatemala to approve the El Arco and La Cascata hydro projects as well as Tecuamburo, a geothermal scheme.

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