Restrictions on Regional Energy Trade

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.

Friday, November 22, 2013

This is despite the fact that the Electric Interconnection System for Central American Countries (Siepac) has capacity to transmit 300 MW, said Luis Herrera, manager of the Wholesale Market Administrator (AMM) in Guatemala.

He said the Regional Operating Agency (EOR) , which is managed by Siepac has only authorized the transport of this volume of electricity.

Prensalibre.com reports: "The Salvadoran authorities referred to, through electrical studies, this decision being due to operating system security and avoiding the need for contingencies, as if more is transported lines will be overloaded ."

Meanwhile, Edwin Rodas, Guatemalan Deputy Minister of Energy said they will ask for explanations for this limitation because his country has a "surplus of one thousand megawatts."



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