Central America at mercy of international oil market
Central America is ever more exposed to the vagaries of the world oil market according to a study in the Journal of Energy Security.
In 1990, 66 percent of the region's energy came from hydroelectricity, 30 percent thermoelectric and 4 percent renewables. Now thermoelectric plants have grown to 40 percent.
The thermoelectric plants need oil. Natural gas is not used anywhere in Central America, say the study's authors.
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