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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