The number of companies participating in the self-sufficiency plan this year doubled compared to 2013.
The number of companies which joined the incentive plan for electricity self-sufficiency using their own generation plants, implemented by the government in order to mitigate the effects of drought in the last dry season, increased from 320 to 850.
In order to alleviate the energy shortage, the government has authorized companies in the commercial sector to use power plants generation .
Companies whose energy demand is high and who they have power plants can use them to support themselves until there is a resolution to the power supply problem affecting the country ever since supplies of 96 MW of thermoelectric power from PanAm Generating stopped.
The production of both grains will be around 37.5 million and 5 million quintals respectively, therefore the MAGA is able to guarantee the supply for domestic consumption.
According to Carlos Anzueto, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, preliminary projections for consumption are in the order of 2.4 quintals per person per year (about 33.6 million quintals), and in the case of beans, per capita consumption is equivalent to about 30 pounds per year (about 4.2 million quintals).
While it is reported that official numbers on domestic consumption of corn are not consistent, it has been evident that supply in markets is beginning decrease.
Agriculture Minister, Juan Alfonso, calculated at 25 million bushels of corn the yearly consumption of Guatemalans, another report from its own ministry indicates that consumption of the main ingredient in tortillas reaches nearly 32 million bushels per year.
Local production of the grain is increasing and approaching self-sufficiency figures, while prices are stable.
The cost of supplies has fallen considerably (50%), which enables an increase in planted area and it could exceed 70 thousand hectares, with yields in excess of 100 thousand quintals per hectare in 2009. In this manner, there would be enough production to achieve self-sufficiency.
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Cummins Power Generation Inc. is a worldwide provider of electrical generators and power generation systems, components and services in standby power, distributed power generation, as well as auxiliary power in mobile applications to meet the needs of a diversified customer base.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama
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In late 2005, AES began developing the Changuinola hydro power project and currently the project is in the phase of building the roadways to access that facility. The formal cornerstone laying ceremony took place on October 25, 2007.
The project's total completion represents an investment of approximately $563 million and the estimated date for the Changuinola hydro power plant to go into commercial operation is the first quarter of 2011. Through this new facility, AES contributes to the country's development and helps face the growing demand of energy in Panama, which requires an additional 50 MW each year.
The construction of the new Changuinola I Hydro Power Plant:
* is an asset to Panama
* will generate clean and 100% Panamanian energy
* will create opportunities for previously excluded populations
* will contribute to solve the country's energy situation
* will help Panama to continue growing
The construction and operation of the hydro power plant will be under the responsibility of AES, a multinational energy corporation with world-class standards and an active presence in Panama.
Operates in Panama
Phone: (507) 206-2600