Guatemala Consumes More Renewable Energy

In the last ten years the use of renewable energy has doubled in the country, and currently sources of generation of this type represent between 65% and 70% of national consumption.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

According to the authorities at the National Electricity Commission (CNEE), the stability that has been achieved in electricity rates and the lower dependence on oil derivatives, is due to the fact that the country is consuming more energy generated through renewable sources. 

See also "Central America: $1.6 billion in energy projects"

In relation to the growth in the use of renewable energy, Miguel Antonio Santizo, director of the CNEE, explained to Dca.gob.gt that " ...'In a decade we managed to double the use of renewable energy, mainly that produced by hydroelectric power plants. The country's goal is to reach 80% of total local consumption in the next 8 years.'" 

Regarding energy production, Jorge Lavarreda, president of the Center for National Economic Research, explained that " ... the production of electricity went from 2,318 gigawatts in 1990, to 10,878 in 2016, while the energy matrix rose from 2 ,018 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy to 7,266 MW."

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