Legislative watch: Bolivia, Honduras funds; Guatemala rates; Panama thermo

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Bolivia's senate authorized a World Bank loan for a power and renewable energy access project. The development planning ministry and the lender signed the US$50mn financing package in August.

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Honduras' congress approved Japanese cooperation funds totaling 239mn lempiras (US$11mn) to install small hydroelectric plants at dams La Concepción and El Picacho. Company Hazama will carry out the works, which include local financing for 9.75mn lempiras.

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The consumer rights committee of Guatemala's congress met with the energy ministry, power regulator CNEE, state power company Inde, distributor Energuate and other stakeholders to discuss electricity rates and service.

CNEE director Jorge Arauz said rates will not vary in coming months and that legislation foresees distributors establishing a fund to stabilize prices.

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The environment committee of Panama's national assembly met with members of the La Chorrera citizens group which opposes expansion of a thermoelectric plant in the area.

The company does not have permits from environment authority Anam, an assembly statement quoted a group spokesperson as saying.

Although the generator was not named, local press has reported that the community group is targeting Pan Am Generating's 60MW increase at a 96MW bunker fueled plant.

BNamericas will host its 11th Southern Cone Energy Summit in Lima, Peru, on November 12-13. Click here to download the agenda.