Panama: Distribution and Marketing of Electric Power

The Public Services Authority is putting to consultation until 8 next January a new model for concession agreements for the Distribution and Marketing of Electric Power.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

According to an article in, the Public Services Authority (ASEP) held a briefing on the proposed "Distributorship and Electricity Trading Agreement", which will be valid for 15 years from October 22, 2013 until October 21, 2028.

According to the ASEP, this session is part of a public consultation process which is currently underway, which aims to adopt a new model for concession agreements to be signed with concessionaires to provide the service for the next period.

During the session technical and legal aspects were revealed as well as the provision of dealer's obligation to electrify rural villages within the concession area, as it expands.

It was established that the majority concessionaires may not participate in the control of power generation plants nor may not sell or transfer the contract for the first five years without prior approval by ASEP.

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The strategy is to promote among foreign companies, the sale of 51% of the shares of the electricity distribution companies in Panama, said Zelmar Rodriguez, manager of the ASEP.

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The government will use expiring concessions in 2013 of Edemet, Edechi and Elektra Northeast in order to change distribution regulations and marketing of electricity.

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