Guatemala Energy Planning: Model for Sustainable Development and Economic Growth

Guatemala, Guatemala
Date :
Jul 2016
Expiration Date :

Project Category

Workshops / Seminars

Project Purpose & Description

Introduce the strategic actions that Guatemala has promoted in the past five years in developing the energy sector, mainly in energy planning putting the country into a "model of sustainable development of the energy sector at regional level", as it ensures electricity supply to the Guatemalan population with a long-term vision; in addition to expanding access to this basic service with quality at affordable prices, which have remained stable over the last 5 years, through strategic actions such as promoting a balanced energy matrix regarding technology generation. This energy development model has also allowed to place Guatemala as the leading exporter of electricity at the level of the Regional Electricity Market (MER, by its acronym in Spanish). Guatemala plays a proactive role, currently holding the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Council Director of the Regional Electricity Market, where advocates for the diversification of the energy matrix towards renewable sources. Guatemala also urges other MER’s countries to work together in strengthening the capacity of installed transmission of the Regional Electric Interconnection System. The country works on the viability for underwriting long-term contracts on the purchase and sale of energy from Guatemala; on the review and adjustment of the legal framework governing the operation of the electricity market, aiming to enhance the institutional and transparency in order to ensure proper governance and alignment of decisions of the organs of the regional electricity sector towards the comprehensive goals of an adequate market development.

Activity Description & Outcome

OBJECTIVE: Introduce the set of factors and strategic actions that the country has made in order to meet a State Energy Planning, which have enabled Guatemala have competitive advantages at the regional level regarding the purchase and sale of electricity and the provision of this basic service with quality at stable prices for the Guatemalan population. Methodology and Outputs: - The theme will be developed through presentation (PPT format) allowing to answer questions or receive feedback at the end of the presentation. - To establish a network of technicians from the energy sector of the participating countries to share, in the short term, knowledge, skills, methodologies, actions, among others, regarding short, medium and long-term energy planning. - The country’s advances in energy planning will be positioned, allowing the sharing of lessons learned from Guatemala’s energy sector development. - Guatemala’s interest shall be communicated in promoting the Asian investment to strength the electricity transport system, through the upcoming launch of the Expansion Plan of National Transmission 2016(PETNAC, by its acronym in Spanish). - Also attract investment that will be required in the process of strengthening the Electric Interconnection System of the Region


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Project Contact Point

Project Contact Point Table
Name Ms Karin Lorente
Position Encargada de Cooperación Internacional
Department Despacho Superior
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Telephone (502) 30439955 or (502) 24196464 ext: 1921-1802