Renewables eclipse Central America’s gas-to-power vision

Gas is losing the race for Central America’s power sector as regional governments avoid expensive infrastructure investment, opting instead for renewables Gas is losing the race for Central America’s power sector as regional governments avoid expensive infrastructure investment, opting instead for renewables.
By Abhishek Kumar 22 September 2016 0 24257
The unpredictability of hydropower has caused Central America to deepen its reliance on oil products in its power-generation portfolio. (Robert Linder/freeimages.com)

The Economies of Central American countries are expected to expand in the coming years, boosting the region’s electricity demand. But emphasis on renewable technology in the region means gas will not be the fuel of choice for its power sector.

The unpredictability of hydropower has caused Central America to deepen its reliance on oil products in its power-generation portfolio. However, the region is shifting its focus towards renewables because of volatility in the oil market and a greater cost-consciousness among the region’s governments. Gas has so...

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