Legal Barriers for Electric Interconnection

Legal issues are preventing Mexico and Guatemala from trading energy through an electric interconnection.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The problem resides in how to compensate inadvertent energy.

“Inadvertent energy is the one that flows during a few seconds in any of the two directions, caused by problems in the other country’s grid”, explained

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Lack of Regulation Prevents Power Purchase

January 2012

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.

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.

Guatemala Now Importing Energy From Mexico

February 2010

The electric interconnection system between both countries was inaugurated today with Guatemala’s purchase of 120 megawatts.

Fredy López, from INDE, the National Electrification Institute, explained that this purchase is regarded as a test.

The country expects to purchase an average 1.695 mWh during weekdays and 2.160 during weekends, stated López.

Electrical Interconnection Test Successful

April 2009

The tests for electrical interconnection between Guatemala and Mexico were done yesterday with positive results.

Electrical interconnection will allow Guatemala to purchase 200 megawatts of energy from Mexico and vice versa. If necessary, Mexico could buy up to 70 megawatts from Guatemala.

Mexico - Guatemala electric connection moves ahead

December 2008

Romeo Rodriguez, vice minister of Energy, said that the interconnection with Mexico is schedule to come online starting in March 2009.

The construction of the electric interconnection with Mexico is moving at a rate of 22 kilometers per week, and the National Electrification Institute (INDE) expects that the 71 kilometers of the network will be completed by early January.