Guatemala: Hydroelectric Power Plants Operate at Maximum Capacity

With the entry into operation of the fourth phase of the Renace hydroelectric complex in Alta Verapaz, the project has reached a generation capacity of 301 MW.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Representatives of Corporación de Multiinversiones (CMI), owner of the energy project Recursos Naturales y Celulosas (Renace), explained that the fourth phase of the project began testing in September 2018 and went into commercial operation in January of this year.

See "Construction of Hydroelectric Plant Completed"

Regarding the Renace project, Juan Carlos Méndez, General Operations Manager of CMI Energía, told Prensalibre.com that "... There are three cascade hydroelectric plants (that use the same riverbed) on the Cahabón River as Renace 1, 2 and 3 with a capacity of 66 megawatts (MW), 114 MW and 66 MW respectively. There is an additional one on the Canlich River, a tributary of the Cahabón, which is Renace 4 with 55 MW. With this we add 301 MW of installed capacity."


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Mendez added that "... 73% of Renace's capacity is committed in contracts with (the distributors) Eegsa and Energuate. And the surplus energy that is not in the long-term contracts is used to provide large users, basically industrial users."

The investment in the project reached close to $800 million and the complex will generate around 13% of the energy demand of the country.

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