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Inter-American Development Bank highlights weakness of power system in DR

The Dominican Republic is the Latin American country affected by the most blackouts, according to a recent study by Ramón Espinasa, lead oil and gas specialist at the Energy Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

Espinasa was in Santo Domingo to present the findings of the “Iluminando el Futuro: Electricidad en Centro América y República Dominicana en el 2040” that looks into prospects for power generation in the region.

Presenting the report at the Public Electricity Corporation (CDEEE) on 20 April 2017, Espinasa said that the cost of energy in the Dominican Republic is higher than in 25 countries analyzed. Only Belize, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Bahamas, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and Barbados in the Caribbean and Latin American region does power cost more.

The study reported the energy matrix in the country for the period studied was 52% oil-based, followed by 21% natural gas, 13% coal, 9% hydro, 5% solar.

Espinasa backed the Dominican government effort to build the Punta Catalina coal-fired power plant as a medium-term solution to the power demand in the Dominican Republic. Nevertheless, he favored more natural gas-powered generation capacity for the country in the long term.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Apr 22, 2017

Category: DR News |

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