Nicaragua regulates energy market

Profits generated by energy producing companies in the occasional electricity market are being temporarily regulated until December 31, 2009.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The country turns to this market when there is a deficit in electricity generation. Fenosa buys all extra electricity from the companies at a higher price and transfers this margin to consumers in the rates which are sometimes absorbed by the Government in subsidies.
As was published in the El Nuevo Diario newspaper last week, the legal reform established that the electric companies that acquire type C bunker fuel cannot apply a surcharge greater than 10% to the variable cost when the price of a barrel fuel is less than $50, or more than 7% when it is higher than $50 but less than or equal to $75; and 5% when the cost of bunker fuel is greater than 75%.

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