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New power demand records in Panama have placed further stress on an already critical electricity supply situation.
Maximum capacity demand in July hit a record 1,503MW, breaking the previous 1,466MW mark set in March, according to data just released by national dispatch center CND.
Consumption last month also set a high of 791GWh compared to the previous record of 747GWh also set in March.
In the medium term, a planned interconnection with Colombia to complement offtake from Central America would help increase supply.
To advance the project, IDB is preparing technical cooperation funds to support a feasibility implementation roadmap.