Central America: Energy Consumption Drops 8%

Due to the drop in economic activity generated by the covid-19 crisis, a 7.9% reduction in domestic electricity consumption was reported in the region between March and June 2020, when compared to the levels of the same period in 2019.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Regarding the reduction of internal consumption of electricity in the countries from March to June 2020, we have that Guatemala had a drop in its demand of 239 GWh (Gigawatt hours), which corresponds to 6.6% compared to the consumption of electricity in 2019, in the case of El Salvador with a reduction of 335 GWh, equivalent to 15.4%, says a report from the Regional Operating Agency (EOR).

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According to the document entitled "Special Report: Impact of Covid-19 on the Regional Electricity Market (MER)", Nicaragua reports a 36 GWh decrease, which is 2.4% less, the national system of Costa Rica reports a 4.8% variation, which corresponds to 180 GWh, and in the case of Panama, a decrease in its energy consumption of 362 GWh, which is equivalent to 9%.

The study highlights that "... When comparing the accumulated programmed withdrawals of electrical energy from MER, between January 1 and June 29, 2019, which corresponded to 1,443.4 GWh, with respect to the accumulated withdrawals programmed in the same period of the present year 2020 of 1,392.5 GWh, we can see that a 3.5% reduction is registered in 2020 with respect to 2019.

However, between March and June 2020, the reduction in electricity transactions was 183.7 GWh, equivalent to 17.7%.

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Panama: Economic Activity Recovers Dynamism

December 2020

Due to the crisis generated by the covid-19, in May 2020 the economic activity registered its worst decline by falling 31% in year-on-year terms, however, as of June minor decreases were reported and in September the drop was 22%.

The accumulated Monthly Index of Economic Activity (IMAE) from January to September 2020 registered a 18.3% decrease, compared to the same period in 2019, informed the General Comptroller of the Republic.

El Salvador: Energy Consumption Falls 25%

April 2020

In the context of the health crisis and home quarantine, the average daily consumption in the country is about 18 GWh, which is 25% less than that reported prior to the outbreak of the virus.

Data from the Transaction Unit (TU) indicate that between the levels reported in February and the demand registered from March 23 to April 3, consumption has fallen from 19.6 GWh to 15 GWh on average.

Guatemala: Electricity Consumption Up 3%.

December 2019

Between January and November, electricity consumption reached 9,794 GWh, a 3% increase over the same period in 2018.

The report of the Wholesale Market Manager (AMM) indicates that 428 GWh were exported to Mexico and 1,521 GWh to the regional market (Mer). Sales to both destinations, in relation to last year, suffered 25.2% and 8.1% drop, respectively.

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October 2018

In Nicaragua, electricity consumption in the industrial sector fell 4% between March and August of this year, mainly due to the political and social crisis the country is currently experiencing.

Sergio Maltez, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Industry (Cadin), explained to Laprensa.com.ni about the reduction in electricity consumption that "...

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