Energy: Regional Transactions up 14%

During 2019, electricity purchase and sale transactions between Central American countries amounted to 3,074 GWh, a 14% increase compared to 2018.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Figures from the Regional Operating Entity (EOR) show that the average price recorded in regional transactions during 2018 and 2019 also increased, going from $74.05 per MWh to $90.11 per MWh.

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Data on energy transactions show that last year El Salvador had 63% of total withdrawals, followed by Nicaragua with 14%, Costa Rica with 11%, Honduras with 8%, Panama with 3% and Guatemala with 0.3%. reviews that "...  Among the agents that are positioned in the Top 10 in the injections or exports can be highlighted the case of Jaguar Energy, Guatemala, (with 487.3 GWh) and the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity, Costa Rica (322.5 GWh), which maintains its ranking among the largest exporters of electricity."

The article adds that "... Regarding the agents in the first places of those that withdraw or import more in the MER, again Energía del Istmo of El Salvador (359 GWh) and the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (339.8 GWh), maintain their position; and in 2019 the agent Enel Bluefields increased considerably its withdrawals compared to 2018."

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