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Nicaragua invests in energy efficiency

The Ministry of Energy and Mines of Nicaragua recently unveiled a US$17 million program for the efficiency in national public lighting, as part of an effort to save approximately 35 megawatts of energy per hour.

 
PRLog - Oct. 19, 2012 - MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The Ministry of Energy and Mines of Nicaragua recently unveiled a US$17 million program for the efficiency in national public lighting, as part of an effort to save approximately 35 megawatts of energy per hour.

The Ministry has contemplated installing energy-saving florescent bulbs in 36,000 public street lamps around the country, roughly the amount of energy consumed by 20,000 homes, according to the government. The reduction in energy consumption will mean less oil burned and less CO2 emissions.

Administration authorities are also conducting a US$30,000 study of five government institutions—the Ministry of Education (MINED, for its acronym in Spanish), Immigration (MIGOB, for its acronym in Spanish), the Water and Sewage Administration (Enacal, for its acronym in Spanish), Managua Mayor’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Justice—to come up with a plan for better energy efficiency in government buildings. The “energy audit,” financed by the Nordic Development Fund, will identify specific ways each government institution can use energy more efficiently.

In addition to improving how energy is used, the government also wants to expand its reach. The rural municipalities of Mulukukú, Waslala, Siuna, Rosita, Prinzapolka and Bonanza are the latest to benefit from the government’s remarkable efforts to expand rural electrification across the countryside and interior of Nicaragua.

Since, rural electrification has increased from 50 percent to 70 percent, according to the government.

Salvador Mansell, Director of the National Electrical Transmission Company (Enatrel), says an additional 4,000 communities will be connected to the national electrical grid within the next five years, Prensa Latina reports.

“In my opinion, it is without a doubt the greatest accomplishment of President Ortega’s government. This job was put off for 35 years in Nicaragua, where electricity coverage had been at 50 percent since 1977,” says César Zamora, President AEI Nicaragua.

“This is an act of social justice and productivity for the future,” he says. “This is great news for the country and it has to be recognized and emulated.”

This article first appeared in www.nicaraguadispatch.com

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