Guatemala Announces 800MW Energy Purchase

Guatemala's National Electrical Power Committee has announced an invitation to tender for the supply 800MW over a period of 15 years beginning in 2015.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Participating generators' technical and economic offers must be received by 25 March 2011 and a decision is expected by 29 April.

Lorena Álvarez, writing for, describes the contract: "40% of the total megawatts will be awarded to existing power plants while the remaining 480MW will be supplied by new plants. Similarly, quotas will be established defining the amount of energy to be supplied from renewable and non-renewable (fossil fuels) sources".

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Guatemala Awards Contracts for 421MW

November 2012

Of the 600MW required, the National Electric Energy Commission has only awarded 421MW because the other bidders did not meet the maximum price established in the tender.

The participants in the tender put forward offers for a total of 57 power plants, but only 40 met the tender requirements.

New Tenders for Energy in Guatemala

March 2012

The National Energy Commission (CNEE) has issued new tenders for energy supply, which will take place in April.

Of the 53 bids received in the last tender for 800MW, 35 were out of price range, quoting in excess of $ 0.1175 per kilowatt hour.

"There was some controversy over the fact that suppliers who use coal and gas were not able to stay within the price range when factoring in the cost of transportation and import, which left them at a disadvantage," reads an article on

33 Bids for 800 MW Tender in Guatemala

January 2012

Thirty-three companies have submitted their technical and financial bids for the tender for the provision of 800 MW of power over the next fifteen years.

Participating in the process are four power stations providing energy using biomass and coal, two windmills and several hydroelectric power companies.

New Rules for Guatemala's Electricity Market

September 2009

Distributing companies will have to purchase 4 years worth of energy supply, instead of the 2 years required today.

New regulations also modify timing considerations for bidding processes. Nowadays they must be done one month before contract expiration, but in the future they will be done earlier, to better prepare bidding terms.

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