Top official discards Haiti-Dom. Rep. energy link for now
Santo Domingo.- Energy Commissioner Enrique Ramirez on Monday debunked notions of interconnecting Haiti and Dominican Republic with power lines for now, “maybe down the line, say in 20 years.”
His affirmation comes in the wake of a report by Haiti newspaper Le Nouvelliste, that Andress Appolon, director of that country’s electricity utility EDH, is in Santo Domingo to review possibilities of the sale of electricity.
He said exchange of energy between the two countries is neither materially possible nor economically feasible for several years, citing Haiti’s limited infrastructure. “Haiti doesn’t have an interconnected grid, maybe one city in particular, say Ouanaminthe (Haiti northeast) but not to entire country.”
Speaking in Hoy Mismo Colorvision, Ramirez revealed that as the result of a memo signed with Haiti, the feasibility of linking power lines with that country is under study, “to see if that system is economically feasible, because an interconnection would provide more security and economic advantage.”
The official noted however that that such a system would have to be the result of a more formal agreement. But in fact Haiti would first have to interconnect itself.”
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