Guatemala: Electricity Consumption Up 3%.

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

Thursday, December 19, 2019

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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In terms of production, from January to November, the SIN generated 11,215 GWh, 2.5% less than in 2018, of 11,498 GWh. Mexico was purchased 1,000 GWh and the Mer, 6 GWh.

Diario de Centroamérica reviewed that "... The sugar sector is also added in the production of energy. Oswaldo Smith, president of the Association of Independent Co-Generators, stated that the mills contribute 33% of the national generation."

See WMA report (in Spanish).

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Central America: Energy Consumption Drops 8%

August 2020

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.

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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July 2018

From January to May of this year, Guatemala exported $7 million worth of electricity to Mexico, well above the one million dollars reported during the whole of 2017.

According to data from Banco de Guatemala, during the first five months of the year the country exported $51 million worth of electricity, of which 14% was bound for Mexico.

Electricity Shortfall in Central America is Supplied by Guatemala

January 2014

In the second half of 2013 Guatemala exported to Central America 378% more energy than in the same period of the previous year.

According to the National Energy Commission (CNEE) between July and December 2013 Guatemala exported to Central America 450.9 gigawatt hours (GWh), while in the same period of 2012 the figure was 94.5 GWh, in other words there was a 378% increase.

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July 2010

Between January and May, energy demand increased 6.2% when compared to the same period of 2009.

In the first five months of the year, the country consumed 3.314 gig watts hour (GWh), more than the 3.120 GWh from the same period of 2009.

Horacio Fernández, head of the National Energy Generator’s Association (ANG), told Sigloxxi.com that “from a statistical and historic perspective, there has been a strong relation between economic growth and increases in energy consumption. This is why the country needs to invest more in energy”.

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