Lack of Regulation Prevents Power Purchase

The non-enactment of the Regional Electricity Market Regulations (RMER) is preventing the Guatemalan hydroelectric station Xacbal from selling 30MW to a distributor in El Salvador.

Monday, January 16, 2012

On 1st January the Hydroelectric station Xacbal, part of the Terra Group, should have initiated the sale of 30MW to Salvadoran distributor CAESS, according to a contract signed by both companies in 2008.

René González, executive director of the Regional Operating Agency (EOR in Spanish), affirmed that the contract would not take effect until the Regional Electricity Market Regulations (RMER) come into operation.

"Gonzalez said that for the hydro station, located in Guatemala, to carry out the transaction, it needs permission for 'transmission rights' on the line, a concept that only exists within the RMER and is not in the current regulations.

The RMER is the legal framework within which countries in Central America and Panama may purchase and sale of energy to each other within the Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC).

So, Gonzalez explained, if this regulation is not in force, the Xacbal contract does not have the legal framework 'to be made operational'", reported

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