Energy in Guatemala According to the Candidates

The presidential candidates have revealed their plans for the country’s energy matrix.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The presidential candidate Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriot Party (PP), said to he would, "... continue to diversify the energy matrix with a short, medium and long term vision so that by 2022, 58 percent of national electricity generation would come from renewable energy sources, especially hydropower. "

The candidate Eduardo Suger Creo stressed the high cost of energy in the country and that the focus must be the generation of clean energy, by taking advantage of the huge potential of hydropower generation.

For the official candidate Sandra Torres, it is necessary to continue with the changes in the energy matrix that the current government has already started.

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