Guatemala: The Cost of Insecurity in the Energy Sector

Generators have reported energy theft, kidnapping from substations, staff being held hostage and looting of equipment and facilities.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Calling on the authorities and the Public Ministry to implement measures to combat insecurity and act against the "anti-projects" groups who are opposing the operation of power plants in various parts of the country, representatives from the sector reported that in the renewable energy category alone, these conflicting groups are holding up 12 projects in Huehuetenango, Alta Verapaz and Zacapa, with a total generating capacity of 355 megawatts.

"'The consequences are being paid by all Guatemalans as they have to pay electricity bills that are more expensive as well as suffering rationing' noted Horacio Fernandez from the National Association of Generators (ANG)."

"Anayté Guardado, executive director of the Association of Renewable Energy Generators (AGER), reports that 25 projects are operating, which generate 452 megawatts, and there another 15 are under construction, which are not related to any social conflicts, and other 12 which do face opposition. "

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