Official Start of Regional Electricity Market

On June 1 the Regional Electricity Market Rules and the Supplementary Detailed Procedure Electrical Interconnection System for Central America became effective.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"It's a big step forward for electrical integration. These are rules designed to operate the SIEPAC line and power transmission capacity between countries with greater intensity," said the executive director of the Regional Operating Agency (EOR), Rene Gonzalez.

From this integration, there will be conditions for growth in the Regional Electricity Market (MER), meaning that timely stockpiles can be made for regional demand, whose peak is estimated at 7,500 megawatts, said Gonzalez.

"Governments are finalizing electrical integration with the application of these new rules aimed at boosting the regional market. The rules are objective, transparent and non-discriminatory for the regional electricity market and the players involved," added the official.

"This supply gives further support to deficit countries (as recently happened with Panama) and higher quality power supply for the entire population," noted an article in

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