Regional Workshop - Unlocking Geothermal Investments in Central America: Strengthening Enabling Policy and Regulatory Frameworks

21 – 22 August 2017 |San Salvador, El Salvador


Since 2013, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has been actively supporting the Latin American region in its efforts towards wider deployment of geothermal energy. Under the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) initiative, IRENA has started implementing a regional capacity building programme in Central America to support the development of capabilities of various stakeholders along the geothermal value chain. This workshop constitutes part of this programme to strengthen the institutional and human capacities of Central American countries in the areas of geothermal technology, policy, regulation, and finance. The workshop was co-organized by IRENA and LaGeo in coordination with GIZ.

During two days, 21-22 August 2017, representatives from the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama as well as geothermal experts from the region and beyond exchanged views on the state of play and the key areas of support required to accelerate the deployment of geothermal energy in Central America.

The second day of the workshop included the presentation of best practices from around the world and a visit to the Ahuachapán Geothermal Field and Power Plant

 

Concept note and Agenda

Summary Report of the Regional Workshop - Unlocking Geothermal Investments in Central America

Presentation materials

Session II: Geothermal Energy in Central America

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Geothermal Potential in Central America and Current Situation

Tanja Faller, GIZ

The Role of Geothermal Energy in the Central American Electricity Markets

Victor Hugo Ventura, ECLAC

Costa Rica

Francine Solera

El Salvador

Kevin Padilla

Honduras

Miguel García

Guatemala

Claudia Maldonado

Panamá

Juan M. Lucero

Session III: Unlocking geothermal Investment in Central America

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Understanding bankability requirements for geothermal power projects with the IRENA Project Navigator

Simon Benmarraze, IRENA

Geothermal Development Fund (GDF)

Roberto Navarro, KfW

Session IV:  Optimizing licensing procedures for Geothermal Energy – International Experience

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Optimizing Licensing Procedures for Geothermal Energy

Baldvin Björn Haraldsson, BBA

Geothermal Regulatory Framework in Chile

Rubén Muñoz Bustos, Ministry of Energy, Chile

Unlocking Geothermal Investments in Central America: Strengthening Enabling Policy and
Regulatory Frameworks, Mexico

Michelle Ramirez, SENER

Costa Rica

Francine Solera

El Salvador

 

Honduras

Miguel García

Guatemala

Claudia Maldonado

Panamá

Fernando Diaz

Session V: Minimizing Environmental and Social Footprint of Geothermal Development

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Geothermal Development Lessons learned in Costa Rica

Leonardo Solis, ICE

Session VI: Promoting Direct Uses and Applications in Central America