Guatemala: Energy Exports Recover

In 2017, electric energy exports totaled $103 million, 104% more than was sold in 2017, reversing the falls registered in the two previous years.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

According to figures from the Banco de Guatemala, over the past year the country sold abroad a monthly average $8.5 million worth of electricity, with the Central American region being the main destination market.

Between 2010 and 2017, the behavior of annual sales of electricity has not revealed a clear trend, as between 2010 and 2011 there was a 148% growth, increasing from $6 million to $15 million. However, between 2011 and 2012 the value fell from $15 million to $12 million, which represents a decrease of 19%.

For the years 2013 and 2014, increases of 150% and 325% were registered, depending on their respective previous years.  This growth is in contrast to the 46% and 27% falls recorded in the values sold abroad during the years 2015 and 2016.  

The most recent data is that corresponding to the years 2016 and 2017, a period in which the export value doubled, growing from $50 million to $102 million. 

See historical figures and last year's data (in Spanish).

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