El Salvador is an international reference in the expansion of renewable energies – English version
El Salvador. In El Salvador, 80% of the electricity produced in the country comes from renewable sources, with geothermal energy being the main contributor, according to data from the Lempa River Hydroelectric Executive Commission (CEL).
This vocation for sustainable production and the transparency demonstrated by the institutions of President Nayib Bukele’s administration have earned El Salvador its recent selection by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) to lead the Collaborative Dialogue Framework on the high penetration of renewable energies.
Autonomy reported that the designation took place during a virtual event in which representatives of other nations learned how El Salvador went from being a country with high consumption of hydrocarbons to prioritizing environmentally friendly production. the environment.
“Under President Bukele’s vision, the energy matrix has been consolidated to more than 80% renewable energy. We want to share with the Irena countries everything we are doing to move this issue forward, ”said the representative of El Salvador in front of Irena, Vanessa Interiano.
The expert explained that under the president’s vision, it was possible to save two important projects that had been stalled due to lack of execution capacity in previous administrations: one was the largest natural gas plant in Latin America and the other, the country’s first wind farm.
“After years of waiting for bureaucracy, the head of state has been tasked with streamlining processes and now these companies are generating economic benefits for Salvadorans,” Interiano added to representatives of member countries of the organization.
She stressed that the current administration’s commitment is to continue generating renewable projects, a vision inherent in the country’s responsibility to generate actions that contribute to minimizing the impacts of climate change.
“With more countries moving in this direction, it is clear that a comprehensive approach to energy planning is crucial, as is the need to rethink how the energy system works,” she said.
GEOTHERMAL, THE WHITE OIL OF EL SALVADOR
In September this year, the country hosted the high-level meeting of the Global Geothermal Alliance, where it explained to representatives of other countries the country’s potential to generate this type of energy, which could provide 35% of national demand, according to the president of the CEL, Daniel Álvarez.
“Geothermal represents a quarter of our demand and we have the capacity to reach 35% of the matrix in the short and medium term. We are positioning ourselves as leaders in geothermal energy; the world sees El Salvador with different eyes,” she commented.
Source: El Salvador in English.