Solar Industry

U.S. Photovoltaic Project Order Backlog Now Surpasses 12 GW

The solar photovoltaic project order backlog for the U.S. market has now soared past 12 GW, according to the latest edition of the Solarbuzz United States Deal Tracker report.

Although the PV industry is facing the effects of large cuts in feed-in tariffs across Europe, the order backlog in the U.S. confirms that the country will be one of the most promising growth markets over the next 24 months, Solarbuzz says. The U.S. market doubled in size in 2010 and is forecast to do so again this year.

The April edition of the report logs over 375 nonresidential projects in the U.S. project pipeline being planned or going through a request for proposal process. It also includes an additional 775 projects that total 0.7 GW of PV systems either installed or being installed since Jan. 1, 2010.

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La Prensa

Fuel imports should be confined to the free market

Posed by consumer advocates

Por: Roberto Morales A. By: Roberto Morales A.

The import of fuel used for the present generation is not controlled and are governed by contracts between companies.

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Representatives of the defense of consumers considered that the proposal presented last Wednesday by the Nicaraguan Energy Institute (INE) to the Committee on Infrastructure and Public Utilities, to leave established by law that private or state generating companies to buy fuel only bunker national distributors, or Alba de Nicaragua SA (Albanisa) which is the sole importer, has to be analyzed carefully.

The measure would apply to create a new article in the Oil Supply Act (Act 277) which is currently undergoing reforms.

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ICE requests 13.7% increase in electricity rates for consumers

By Juan Fernando Lara

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) requested an increase of 13.76% in electricity tariffs to the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep). The Institute argues that the adjustment is necessary due to increased energy purchases to private generators during 2015.

According to ICE, the adjustment would allow recover a shortfall of ¢ 26546.3 million. According to that entity, private participation in power generation increased from ¢ 65.734 million in 2014 to ¢ 103,840 million in 2015, equivalent to an increase of 58%, the institute said in a press release.

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ARESEP handles reductions until 8.5% in electricity rates

Decrease is due low in thermal generation by ICE

June 11th, 2015

The Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep) filed a reduction of 14% in rates of power generation ICE, implying a decrease of 2.5% and 8.5% rates of eight electricity distributors from the country.

Thus, the rates for subscribers of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) would fall by 8%, while the National Power and Light Company would fall by 8.5%, as the Company of Public Utilities Heredia (ESPH). Jasec, meanwhile, apply discounts of 8.3%.

The proposal involves ARESEP 2.5% cheaper for customers Coopelesca; 5.2% for Coopesantos; Coopeguanacaste 6.1% to 7.4% and for Coopealfaro.

This price change was subject to public consultation and, if approved, would apply from 1 July until September.

Why reductions? This setting is relevant to the methodology of the Variable Cost of Fuel (CVC), which depends on the fuel costs that made ​​the ICE thermal generation during the previous quarter.

In this case, the thermal reduction is reflected in lower cost of generation of ICE and therefore must result in a lowering of the energy the Institute sells to distribution companies.

Juan Manuel Quesada, mayor of Energy ARESEP said that the proposal also affected imports of cheaper energy from the Regional Electricity Market (MER), made by ICE during the study period.

"ARESEP has a tariff methodology which allows users to timely transfer the benefits resulting from reduced use of fuels for electricity generation and to ensure continuity of service," said Quesada this afternoon, by a press release.

Source: 'La Nación'


El Niño can cause the worst drought since 1997 in Central America

By Marvin Barquero

San José

The current El Niño hit Central America can be increased and become the largest since 1997, increasing drought in the Pacific belt and excessive rains in the Caribbean during the remainder of 2015 and early 2016, in the opinion of specialists in Climate Forum of Central America, held in Honduras.

According to experts in meteorology, hydrology and agriculture, the region should be prepared and take take prevention and mitigation measures to protect the agricultural sector.

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