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Guatemala — Transmission Grids

"Guatemala also has begun several projects with its neighbors to increase the reliability of its power supplies. A planned connection with Mexico's electricity grid will allow it to import power.

In addition, Guatemala and five other Central American nations -- El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama -- had agreed on a project, known as SIEPAC, that would interconnect their transmission grids, allowing power to flow between the different countries.

With Panama already linked to Colombia's grid, SIEPAC could eventually result in the connection of the North and South American power grids. Different laws in each of the Central American countries have made progress on SIEPAC difficult, and the immediate aim has now shifted from the creation of a common grid to the creation of a common Central American power market."

Mar 2000

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