Year:1996 (Nov 21st)
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1996 (Nov 21st)
Date Amended:

2007 (Mar 5th) and 2013 (Jun 7th)

Policy Type:Policy Support, Policy Support>Strategic planning, Regulatory Instruments, Economic Instruments, Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources, Multiple RE Sources>Power
Policy Sector:Electricity
Size of Plant Targeted:Small and Large
Agency:Ministry of Energy and Mines (Ministerio de Energia y Minas, MEM)
Legal References:Decree 93-96

The General Law of Electricity provides guidance for the generation, transportation, distribution and commercialization of electricity in Guatemala.

The Law states that utilities must procure their electricity supply contracts through auctions. They offer 15-year PPAs for capacity or energy, with specific modalities for renewable energy.

Additionally, the law aims to promote the development of distributed renewable generation, which it defines as the "generation of energy by means of renewable resources".


Government Agreement No. 68-2007 (2007 (Mar 5th))

It defines distributed renewable generators as those under 5 MW. It offers 10-year PPAs to these generators.

Ministerial Agreement No. 195-2013 (2013 (Jun 7th))

It establishes the requirements for different agents of wholesale market:

  • Generators: must have a maximum capacity greater than 5 MW (limit not applicable for distributed generators).
  • Traders, importers and exporters: buy or sell blocks of energy associated with a Firm Efficient Offer or Firm Demand of at least 5 MW.
  • Distributors: must have at least 15,000 users.
  • Transmission system operators: must have a minimum transmission capacity of 10 MW.
Related Documents:

In order to view a full version of the The General Law of Electricity (Ley General de Electricidad) of Guatemala please click here.

In order to view Ministerial Agreement 195-2013 click here.

In order to view Government Agreement 68-2007 click here.

Last modified: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:46:08 CET