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Central America Progresses Towards Development of Clean Energy Corridor

  • 26 junio, 2018
    MARYSOL DEL VALLE
    IRENA
  • Resumen:

    Central America’s potential to develop variable renewable energy is significant, and recent capacity additions in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama point to a bright future for wind and solar adoption in the region. The increasingly competitive cost of power from renewable sources, coupled with growing energy demand in countries with strong economic growth makes a compelling case for the adoption of renewable energy.

    To stimulate the investments necessary for a long-term sustainable energy pathway in the region, grid stability and system reliability must be guaranteed – something a regional transmission network can facilitate. To that end, the Clean Energy Corridor of Central America (CECCA) – a region wide initiative facilitated by the International Renewable Energy (IRENA), is designed to support the penetration of higher shares of renewables in national power systems and the regional grid, and promote cross border trade of renewable power.

    Gurbuz Gonul, IRENA, speaks to the workshop
    As a follow-up to a series of capacity building and technical advisory activities held in Central America over the past two years, regional stakeholders met last month in a CECCA regional consultative event, co-organized by IRENA, the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The workshop was attended by government officials and senior representatives from across central America, offering attendees an opportunity to chart the initiative’s progress and agree on the path forward.

    “IRENA designed the CECCA in coordination with governments of the region to align with strategic plans for the regional electricity market,” said Gurbuz Gonul, Acting Director of Country Support and Partnerships at IRENA. “However, this initiative’s broader impact may go beyond the progress of renewable energy in Central America to establish a framework for global energy transformation.”

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