Honduras: Opposition to New Energy Bill

The opening of the electricity market is generating opposition from unions and employers whose interests will be affected by deprivatization.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Some Honduran entrepreneurs and unionists disagree with the government sanctioning the General Law on the Electricity Industry. They are asking for it to be reformed, because they are worried about the deprivatization of the electricity market.

"The legislation will strengthen the spot market, since the first power to be bought will be the offer at the lower price. On the other hand there is also opposition to the Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica ( ENEE) becoming a private corporation," said Napoleon Soto, president of the National Energy Commission (CNE).

Miguel Aguilar, a resident of the Union of Workers at the Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (STENEE) added that "when the legislation comes into effect the rate for almost one million families will increase by over 28%. Furthermore, segmentation and privatization of the ENEE is the fast track to delivering the state run company into transnational hands."

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