Insufficient Electricity Coverage in Guatemala

17.3% of Guatemalan households have no electrical connection at all, and the growth of distribution networks is lower than the natural population increase.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The electricity índex went from 85.1% in 2006 to 82.7% in 2010, demonstrating a stagnation in electricity coverage.

The rate of development of new electricity projects is insufficient to keep pace with population growth, said Carlos Colom, president of the National Electric Energy Commission.

"Colom said that projects have not progressed due to several factors, one of which is the fact that the National Electrification Institute (INDE) grants $102 million a year in social tariff subsidies, rather than investing in networks", reported

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From a report entitled "Central America: production statistics for the electricity subsector, 2013", prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC):

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