The National Electricity Company will have to convene a new tender to replace the four contracts for 520 MW of thermal energy maturing between 2017 and 2018.
In 2017 a contract for 80 MW with Elcosa and another for 240 MW with Lufussa will come to an end, while in 2018 a contract for 200 MW with Enersa will be finalised.The National Electricity Company will convene a new contest in which power generating companies based on natural gas, have expressed interest in participating.
As was done with distribution, the Honduran state run electricity company plans to hire a technical operator to be responsible for the improvements needed to the electricity transmission network.
Having hired a consortium, whose capital is mainly Colombian, to operate the power distribution system in the country for seven years, the National Electricity Company (ENEE), now intends to do the same for the maintenance of the electricity transmission network in next few months.
A bill proposes renewing renewable energy generation contracts automatically rather than calling new tenders.
The proposal to reform the General Electricity Industry Act, in force since 2014, claims that"... renewable energycontracts remain in force, but do not benefit from the incentive payment of 10% of the base price and annual adjustment for inflation", as established by current legislation."
The payment of $0.03 per kW/h promised to solar generators a year ago has still not materialized, despite the fact that 12 plants are already operating in the country and others are in the processes of obtaining permits to start construction.
The fact that the incentives to increase the installation of power plants based on solar energy has not been made concrete affects not only the companies that own the plants, but also the banks who have been funding such projects since last year, because in many cases, "... the incentive scheme was part of the income submitted when applying for funding."
Officials in Honduras are negotiating a $70 million loan with the World Bank for a fifth turbine in the hydroelectric station El Cajon.
The process for installing the 75 MW turbine was going to be developed through a concession, but the plans have been changed and now the government has announced that it will be tendered, after negotiating funds with the World Bank, for the installation of the turbine in the plant.
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