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Central America searches for clean power production in break with oil dependency

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Central America is still heavily dependent on oil to generate the region’s electricity. Costa Rica is the exception with 80 per cent of its production derived from its hydropower dams.
 
In Honduras, 50 per cent of its electricity comes from oil, while neighboring Nicaragua produces 70 per cent of its power from oil-fuelled plants.
 
Honduras is planning to invest $2.1 billion in 52 hydroelectric projects. The 220-megawatt Tumarin hydropower plant also is being built in Nicaragua.
 
Original source: Power-Gen