Honduras: CLDP Organizes Workshop and Roundtables on Microgrid Energy

February 13, 2018 - February 16, 2018

On February 13-14, CLDP will implement a two-day workshop on microgrid energy for approximately 20 government officials in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Participants will include representatives of Honduras’s newly-formed Ministry of Power, the Electrical Energy Regulatory Commission (CREE), and the national utility company (ENEE). CLDP, along with partners from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and ENR will provide a background on the different legal and regulatory frameworks currently being explored internationally for microgrids. The discussion will build a foundation for CREE and the Ministry of Power to develop an inclusive energy policy, and after the workshop, CLDP anticipates that the government will begin to develop its energy policy with regard to microgrids.

Following the workshop, on February 15 in Tegucigalpa, CLDP will organize a one-day roundtable on microgrid energy for agricultural cooperatives, the World Bank, CREE, the Ministry of Power, and other interested entities. The roundtable will include a discussion on the energy needs of agricultural cooperatives and their current access to energy and energy costs, and will explore legal, regulatory, financial, and infrastructure roadblocks to cooperatives developing microgrids. It will focus on building consensus between the various stakeholders and informing both the government and the cooperatives on existing barriers to the development of microgrids.

Finally, on February 16, CLDP will organize a similar roundtable discussion in San Pedro Sula for representatives of the private sector in Honduras. This roundtable will focus on different microgrid structures and how microgrids can bolster the existing national grid without removing anchor ratepayers from the system. The discussion will include a focus on the continued unbundling of the energy sector in Honduras. With this roundtable, CLDP aims to build a consensus on the needs of the private sector related to energy, the resiliency of the national grid, and the potential market for microgrids. Consensus built in this roundtable, as well as the roundtable and workshop held immediately before it in Tegucigalpa, will help inform CLDP’s work plan and shape the course of its two-year microgrid program, which seeks to accelerate economic growth in Honduras through increased access to reliable and affordable power.

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