Guatemala Updates Electricity Expansion Plan

By 2026, the country will generate 78% of its energy from renewable sources.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The changes proposed to the Generation System Expansion Plan 2012-2026 have already been approved by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

In 2012, it is is expected to generate 50.5% from hydroelectric sources, 3.6% from geothermal sources, 3.5% from bunker fuel, 12% from biomass, 9% from the electrical interconnection with Mexico and 21.3% from coal.

According to that energy mix, 54.1% of the total generation will come from renewable energy sources.

"By 2026, the plan foresees that 78% will be covered by renewable sources. 58.3% will come from hydroelectricity and 18.2% from geothermal sources, 7.1% from biomass -sugar mills-, and 16.1% from coal, while imports from Mexico will account for 0.2%. These percentages are based on a projected demand of 15,713 GWh of energy and 2,785 megawatts of power, a medium scenario", reported Prensalibre.com.



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