Guatemala: Energy Exports Climb

In the second half of 2013 the country sold 450.9 GWh to the region, nearly four times more than the amount exported in the same period in 2012.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The energy crisis affecting countries such as Honduras has forced them to increase dependence on imported energy from Guatemala, which has become the leading supplier in Central America.

"...The last year's winter in southern Central America was not as copious as in Guatemala, which allowed it to export more energy. Added to this is its great potential as a producer.

According to data from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the potential of natural resources, such as hydropower, which is 5000 megawatts (MW) where only 16% is used; Geothermal is one thousand MW and only 3.6% is used ; bagasse biomass, such as sugar mills, is also a thousand MW, but only 31.5% is used. " reports that "...According to Carlos Colom, president of the National Energy Commission (CNEE) and Edwin Barrios, manager of generation at Instituto Nacional de Electrificación (INDE), Guatemala has the conditions to become an exporter, although he is clear that they must first optimize local dispatches so that consumers can be supplied according to demand at minimum cost and then after that, export. "

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Companies in the sector are proposing taking advantage of surplus energy and developing more generating capacity in order to become large exporters.

The proposal put forward by the Chamber of Energy (CEN) is to use the geological characteristics of the country to exploit energy generated from renewable sources such as solar, biomass and water.  The President of the CEN explained that they suggested to the government that discussion be started so that Nicaragua "... can be a 'powerhouse' for exporting electricity, importing plants and occupying the regional market."

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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.

Analysis of Electricity Sector in Central America

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In 2013 63% of the electrical energy fed into the transmission networks in the region was generated from renewable sources.

From a report entitled "Central America: production statistics for the electricity subsector, 2013", prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC):

Intra-Regional Trade in Energy

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So far this year the Central American countries have sold 120 GW/h, equivalent to $20 million.

An analysis piece on shows the levels of energy consumption of the Central American countries and the ability of each of them to trade their surpluses, with generation depending, among other things, on variables such as the weather.

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