El Salvador reforms Energy and Telecommunications Law

The reform will allow small electric companies to have interconnection with larger distributors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lawmaker, Orlando Arevalo, said that this reform will allow small companies to create small energy plants to bring down the price of energy and hence create competition between companies.

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Electricity Integration Requires More Infrastructure

February 2016

Transmission lines in the regional SIEPAC system are being used to distribute electricity internally in countries, curtailing their capacity for international exchange of energy.

When the US President Barack Obama visited Central America in 2013, he warned that "energy costs in this region are three times what electricity costs in Washington, and that represents a huge disadvantage for companies".Two years before that, all countries, from Guatemala to Panama, were committed to creating the necessary infrastructure for the Regional Electricity Market (MER) to be efficient.

Mexico Supplies 8.5% of Guatemala´s Energy

November 2010

The percentage comes from the purchase of 54 thousand 106.1 megawatt hours (MWh).

The purchase serves some 180 thousand 300 houses with an average consumption of 300 kilowatt hours per month, according to data from the National Energy Commission (CNEE).

"Carlos Colom, president of the National Energy Commission (CNEE), indicated that the result of the interconnection, besides stabilizing the system to avoid blackouts or reinforce what is generated by the country, is that at certain times during the day it helps lower the price (spot price for energy market opportunity)", reports Prensalibre.com.

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.

$215 million for the electric interconnection of Panama and Colombia

July 2008

Last week, Panamanian and Colombian authorities agreed on acceleratating the process of electrical interconnection.

The electric line will run for 614 kilometers, connecting substation Panamá II in El Pedregal with Cerromatoso in Colombia. 55 kilometers of underwater cable are included, 40 of them in Panamanian territory.

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