Renewables make up 73.6% of Guatemala’s power mix in week 6

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February 12 (Renewables Now) - Renewables accounted for 73.6% of Guatemala’s power mix in the sixth week (February 3-9) of 2019, according to the country’s state power regulator Comision Nacional de Energia Electrica (CNEE).

There was an increase in biomass power generation, which produced 41.3% of Guatemala's electricity during the week.

Details on the renewables share in the Guatemalan power mix are presented in the table below with data by the CNEE.

POWER SOURCE Week 5 2019 Week 6 2019
Biomass 36.94% 41.3%
Hydro 27.22% 26%
Wind  3.13% 2.2%
Solar 1.74% 2%
Geothermal 1.89% 1.7%

In the first weeks of 2018, the share of renewables dropped below 70% just once. That happened in the second week of the year, when renewables were responsible for 69.95% of the total output.

During the final week of 2018, the renewables share peaked at 80.22%, according to the CNEE.

A report by the Guatemalan energy ministry states that 61.74% of generated electricity came from the renewable sources in the whole of 2018, down from 69.89% a year earlier. 

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