New Partners for Regional Electricity Market

Mexico and Colombia could be the next countries to be incorporated into the Electrical Interconnection System for Central American Countries.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The issue will be discussed during a three-day meeting which Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, countries associated with the Electric Interconnection System for Central American Countries, (Siepac), will have this week.

"When this market was created, we were talking about the Central American countries, however, the importance of a regional market that can connect with Mexico opens the possibility of a broader market," said Gerardo Salgado, director of the project for the Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE).

"We have to unite these regional members and see how we can form a much broader market," Salgado said, adding that there is already a design for a line that would connect Panama to Colombia, resulting in this South American country also being integrated into the regional market.

"The region will be more competitive for attracting other world markets to come and invest in this area," said Ibrán Bueso, legal advisor on energy matters for the Enee.

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Costa Rica: The Missing Link for Electrical Interconnection

March 2013

Due to problems with easement acquisition, Costa Rica is the only country that has not completed the Electrical Interconnection System for Central America.

Data from Proyecto Mesoamérica, the organization coordinating the Electrical Interconnection System for Central America (SIEPAC), revealed that up to February 28, Costa Rica had completed 84% of the project (foundations, lifting of structure and laying of electrical conductor).

Regional Electricity Market Progresses in Central America

August 2010

The electricity sector's authorities have put together a series of concrete actions that should make the regional market a reality by the end of 2011.

During the meeting organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in San Jose, Costa Rica, energy ministers, electrical power generating organizations and regulators from across Central America reaffirmed their commitment to speeding up the process of harmonizing the region's legal frameworks in order to bring about energy integration.

Regional Electric Integration In June 2011

February 2010

Siepac, Central America’s Electric Interconnection system, is 85% ready.

This project should go live in June 2011, with 1.800 kilometers of 230 kV transmission lines.

“When ready, electricity distribution companies will be able to buy energy at a regional level, and generation companies will be able to sell to any country requiring it”, reported

Regional Electricity Integration by 2010

December 2008

SIEPAC will be launched Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at a cost of $395.

According to reports from, "the electrical interconnection in Central America will start in 2010 and will cover some 1,800 kilometers of transmission lines (230 kilowatts), sources close to the project told the "El Panama America" daily.

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