More Hydroelectricity Projects in Guatemala

To date, 37 hydroelectric and 2 geothermal projects have been approved, which could generate a total 1.681 MW.

Monday, August 17, 2009

In the past years there was an increase in the number of hydroelectric projects seeking authorization for operating in Guatemala, reported Carlos Colom, CNEE president.

"... approval of hydroelectric studies does not mean that the project is going to become a reality. They must also obtain authorization from the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) to use the river's discharge, as it is part of the public domain. Additionally, an environmental impact study must be approved by the Ministry of Environment...", reports

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Panamanian Electricity Sources

April 2011

41% of the country's energy comes from hydroelectric plants.

The central dispatch office for Panama's electricity distributor, Etesa, released the figures relating to energy production and consumption on its website.

An article by indicates that, "37% of conumers' energy is produced by diesel and bunker, 9.4% is self-generated and 1.4% is imported from elsewhere in Central America.

Taiwan Completes Studies for Patuca III Hydro Power Plant in Honduras

May 2010

The government of Taiwan delivered the required technical and engineering studies for building the hydroelectric power plant Patuca III.

Roberto Martín, Lozano, head of the National Energy Corporation (ENEE), explained that they are devising the project’s financial model: “for this the Government has some resources, we could maybe enter a public-private alliance”, he said.

Guatemala Approves Renewable Energy Projects for 127MW

November 2009

The National Electric Energy Commission approved a geothermal and two hydroelectric power projects.

Company ENEL submitted two projects: Sumalito, a 48MW hydro power plant, and Moyuta, a 41MW geothermal facility.

CNEE "... also approved project Las Brisas, a hydroelectric power plant capable of 36 MW", reported

Nicaragua studies the construction of small hydro dams

July 2008

The government will undertake feasibility studies to analyze the construction of micro dams in the Caribbean region, which is not currently served by the Spanish energy company Unión Fenosa.

These studies will be funded with 100.000 euros provided by the Energy and Environment Alliance of Finland and Austria, with a counterpart funded by the government of Managua.

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