They will add 1.061 MW to the country’s power grid, an 87% increase over Panama’s current energy generation capacity (1.208 MW).
“The focus will be put on hydroelectric power generation projects, in which $1.73 billion will be invested”, reported Panamá América. “Additionally, two wind power farms are being built for an estimated $1 billion, plus $1.2 billion in thermal generation projects”.
The new mayor will maintain the ban on power plants using coal or bunker fuel, but accepted those running on clean energy.
The new mayor of the municipality of La Union, Ezequiel Milla, has amended a decree prohibiting the installation of power plants that used coal, liquefied natural gas or any derivation of hydrocarbons as fuel, which was not conducive to investment in the city.
In 2011 Costa Rica increased its use of fossil fuels by 24% in order to meet the demand for energy.
Data from the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep) shows that power generation based on diesel and bunker fuel grew by 24% in 2011 compared to 2010, going from 706.529 MW / h to 930.970 MW / h.
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