Regional Electricity Market Regulations

New investment opportunities open up with the coming into force in November of the regional regulations for the sale and purchase of electrical power.

Monday, August 2, 2010

EOR's executive director, René González, indicated during the third Regional Electricity Market Convention in San Salvador that, "we are now moving from the transitional phase into the main stage in the project, from a regulatory point of view, which will enable greater integration," according to an article published on

Ente Operador Regional (EOR), with headquarters in El Salvador, was created in 1996 by the Central American Electricity Market Framework Agreement as part of a project to interconnect the electricity networks of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

González added that the new standard will regulate the regional market and provide opportunities for investors, as it will be easier able to adapt projects developed in one country to others.

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When the US President Barack Obama visited Central America in 2013, he warned that "energy costs in this region are three times what electricity costs in Washington, and that represents a huge disadvantage for companies".Two years before that, all countries, from Guatemala to Panama, were committed to creating the necessary infrastructure for the Regional Electricity Market (MER) to be efficient.

Restrictions on Regional Energy Trade

November 2013

The transport of electricity between El Salvador and Guatemala through the Electrical Interconnection System for the Countries of Central America is limited to 170 MW.

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Regional Electricity Market in 2011

January 2012

Report of technical and commercial management of the Regional Operating Agency in December 2011.

The Regional Operating Agency (EOR in Spanish) is responsible for "leading and coordinating the operation of the Regional Electricity System (SER in Spanish) and administrating the Regional Electricity Market (MER in Spanish), with transparency and excellence, according to the Regional Regulations."

El Salvador to Host Electriciy Market Convention

July 2010

The third "Regional Electricity Market Convention", held on 29 and 30 July, will focus on the market's current status and its outlook.

The event is organised by Ente Operador Regional (EOR) and seeks to raise awareness of the regional electricity market's current status and prospects for development.

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