Panama to modify energy contracts

A public hearing is to be held in Panama on August 4 to determine new rules on the energy contracts for electricity distributors.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The hearing will be open to market agents and the general public. The idea is to get as close as possible to 100 percent contracts with Edemet, Edechi and Electra Noreste, said Victor Urrutia, manager of the National Public Services Authority.
Urrutia added that the hearing was intended to fix the rules for the next two or three years, when supply could be insufficient to meet potential demand. After 2011 he expected supply to be sufficient.

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