By Jesse Berst
Quick Take: Central American countries from Guatemala to Panama are about to be connected on the same power grid for the first time. Each member country will be able to buy and sell power from each other through a 1,800-km system, according to a story in Power Engineering International.
The final leg of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System in Costa Rica is slated for completion next month. The entire system reportedly comprises over 4,600 high-voltage towers and 15 substations,
Hondurasâ€™ deputy energy minister Dario Carmona emphasized the greater energy security that the regional grid will bring to Central America. Guatemala has the greatest potential to supply power to neighbors, while Honduras and El Salvador are expected to rely on imports
It will be interesting to see if these countries learn from those who've gone before and leapfrog themselves into a modern grid.
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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.