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Guatemala

Official Name:
Republic of Guatemala

National Designated Entity

Type of organisation:
Government/Ministry
Name:
Mr. Mario Roberto Rojas Espino
Position:
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources
Phone:
(502) 2423-0500 ext. 1200, 1230 and 1231
Emails:
mrojas@marn.gob.gt gvalladares@marn.gob.gt jcdiaz@marn.gob.gt
,
Name:
Mr. Fredy Antonio Chiroy Barreno
Position:
Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change
Phone:
(502) 2423-0500 ext. 1216 and 1037
Emails:
fachiroy@marn.gob.gt ivortiz@marn.gob.gt jcdiaz@marn.gob.gt
,
Name:
Climate Change Directoriate
Phone:
(502) 2423-0500
Emails:
lftabin@marn.gob.gt jcdiaz@marn.gob.gt

Energy profile

Guatemala (2012)

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Energy profile
Energy profile
Extent of network

National electrification rate (2010): over 85.3%Urban rate: over 95%.Rural rate: over 82%.

Renewable energy potential

Biomass, solar and wind energy are mostly used in isolated systems or rural areas.HydropowerGuatemala has the potential to generate 5,300 MW from hydro-electric power. Only 662 MW was exploited in 2006.Geothermal energyGuatemala has the potential to generate 1,000 MW through its geothermal potential. The installed capacity for geothermal energy generation is 33 MW.BiodieselGuatemala has been investing in biodiesel production in addition to the four ethanol plants that are already in production.  The country first biodiesel plant Mazat Agui S.A. opened in December, 2008. Most of this production is expected to be used domestically, as a substitute for the more than 600 million gallons of diesel consumed annually in Guatemala.Biomass energyGuatemala has the largest sugar cane mills and plantations in Central America. Guatemala took special measures to encourage the development of co-generation, which consisted of favouring long-term electric power purchases within a dual generation scheme (using both bagasse and oil derivatives) that also permitted production outside of the sugar cane season. Guatemala has an installed capacity of 200 MW of biomass energy.Wind EnergyWith the technical and financial assistance of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) was developed in order to promote the use of wind and solar energy, minimizing the barriers caused by lack of information.Two towers were installed to measure variables of wind, in the municipalities of Quesada-Jutiapa and Chiquimulilla-Santa Rosa. Both towers will be monitoring 9 sites with potential for wind power production.Solar EnergyThe annual value of global solar radiation for the entire country is on average 5.3 kWh/m2/day.

Energy framework

In November 2003, the Congress approved the Renewable Energy Project Incentives Act. This law instructs the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) to assess renewable energy resources and projects, study their investment requirements and award incentives (exemptions from customs tariff and value-added tax, income tax and tax on mercantile and farming firms during the first ten years of commercial operation).Regulation of the Renewable Energy Project Incentives Act was approved in 2005 by the Decree No. 211-2005.In December 2005, Guatemala signed the Declaration of Cancun joining a Central American initiative in which 11 country members implement a Mesoamerican Energy Integration Programme. The core objectives of the program is to carry out actions to promote efficiency and rational use of energy, harmonize regulations, and develop projects to integrate the policies and program of the different member countries to enhance energy security in the region.Guatemala is also embarked in the development of a new rural electrification program to “mainstream” renewable energy as a standard option of rural electrification efforts. This effort has led to major advances, paving the way for accelerated growth in rural electrification coverage from 53.3% in 1996 to 83% in 2002.

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  • Communicating Extreme Weather Event Attribution: Research from Kenya and India

    Type: 
    Publication
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    Climate change attribution analysis assesses the likelihood that a particular extreme weather event has been made more or less likely as a result of anthropogenic climate change. Communication of extreme event attribution information in the immediate aftermath of an extreme event provides a window of opportunity to inform, educate, and affect a change in attitude or behaviour in order to mitigate or prepare for climate change.

  • Hydrological Zoning

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    Hydrological zoning (or simply zoning) is an approach to divide land into different zones based on their hydrological properties. Typically, each type of zone has different land use and development regulations linked to it. This land and water management method aims to protect local water sources from risks of over-abstraction, land salinization, groundwater pollution and waterlogging by managing land use activities based on the assigned hydrological zones.  For example, zones with a high groundwater table, large amounts of surface water (e.g.

  • Tambourine Innovation Ventures Inc.

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    United States
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    Incorporated in 2015, Tambourine Innovation Ventures (TIV) is an innovation advisory and venture development firm that provides a full suite of services and solutions to the challenges and needs generated by the increasing interest and activity globally in the areas of climate change adaptation/mitigation, innovation, technology transfer and venture finance. TIV founders and consultants bring more than three decades of experience in assisting the developing countries access innovative technologies from the industrialized countries and grow technology ventures.

  • Sud Austral Consulting SpA

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    Chile
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    Sud-Austral Consulting S.p.A.is a consulting company created through individual and collective experience of its members, after recurring mutual collaboration for several years it was consolidated in early 2012 in the creation of a consulting entity formally established. The experience of professionals and technicians of Sud-Austral Consulting S.p.A.has resulted in consulting services in projects developed by governments, public and private institutions, both in Chile, South and Central America.

  • Energy Efficiency (Policies and Measures Database)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures database provides information on policies and measures taken or planned to improve energy efficiency. The database further supports the IEA G8 Gleneagles Plan of Action mandate to “share best practice between participating governments”, and the agreement by IEA Energy Ministers in 2009 to promote energy efficiency and close policy gaps.

  • Green Resources & Energy Analysis Tool (GREAT)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The GREAT Tool for Cities is an integrated bottom-up, energy end-use based modelling and accounting tool for tracking energy consumption, production and resource extraction in all economic sectors on a city, provincial or regional level. The model uses the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) software developed by the Stockholm Environmental Institute and includes a national average dataset on energy input parameters for residential, commercial, transport, industry and agriculture end-use sectors.

  • Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficient Retrofits (COMBAT)

    Type: 
    Publication
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    The Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficiency Retrofit (COMBAT) is created to facilitate policy makers, facility managers, and building retrofit practitioners to estimate commercial (public) buildings retrofit energy saving, cost and payback period. Common commercial building models area created, and the retrofit measures and their effects are pre-computed by EnergyPlus by taking different building types and measures interactions into account.

  • Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C)

    Type: 
    Publication
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    The tool provides the opportunity to analyse the impacts of 23 different policy types from 4 energy-using sectors:

    1. public buildings,
    2. commercial buildings,
    3. residential buildings, and
    4. transportation.

    Impacts of policy choices are analysed in terms of energy savings, cost savings, pollution reduction, and other outcomes over a time period set by the user. The tool also allows for assigning the weights to different policy options based on community priorities in order to tailor policy development process to community goals.