Roundup: Chile certification, Costa Rica hearings, Panama solar, Paraguay transmission

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Endesa Chile said its 778MW natural gas-fired San Isidro complex in central region V is the country's first power plant to obtain the energy ministry's energy efficiency seal.

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Public hearings are scheduled this month in Costa Rica to review rate calculation methodologies and adjustment requests.

Public services regulator Aresep said the methodologies are for the connection of micro and small scale generators, such as solar, to the national grid, and to determine power rates.

State power company ICE and subsidiary CNFL are looking to hike rates 13% and 12.37%, respectively.

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Panama's state transmission company Etesa released the definitive list of bidders in the country's first call to supply electricity from solar power plants.

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Paraguay's state power company Ande reported completion of a project to shore up capacity of the transmission line that runs from bilateral hydro Yacyretá to the Ayolas substation. The overhaul increases the connection to 500kV from 220kV, which will allow 750MVA delivery versus 500MVA.

In a related report, the country's senate announced it received for approval an agreement signed with Argentina last month to share the management of Yacyretá.