In El Salvador, geothermal energy has emerged as a vital contributor to the country’s energy matrix. In September alone, LAGEO’s geothermal power plants generated a substantial 125.38 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity. This remarkable feat demonstrates the nation’s commitment to sustainable and renewable energy sources.
The Directorate General of Energy, Hydrocarbons, and Mines (DGEHM), in collaboration with the Secretariat General of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of Germany (BGR), recently conducted a regional workshop titled “Regional Diagnosis of the State of Geothermal Energy in the Region.” The workshop aimed to explore and advance geothermal energy projects throughout Central America.
During this productive event, experts delved into the specifications and framework of the United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) for Geothermal Energy. The objective was to devise projects that could further enhance the development of geothermal energy in the region. The workshop also provided a platform for each country to discuss their respective renewable energy and geothermal advancements. Notably, El Salvador and Costa Rica shared their experiences, highlighting both similarities and differences in classification criteria and the status of specific projects.
The outcomes of this collaboration will be distilled into an action plan, resulting in a consensus document known as the “Geothermal Diagnosis 2023.” This document will subsequently be presented for approval at the SICA Council of Energy Ministers meeting, signifying a significant step towards regional cooperation in the geothermal sector.
On the global stage, Central America has emerged as a key player in geothermal energy production for electricity generation. Geothermal energy stands out as a stable and environmentally friendly power source, one that remains resilient in the face of climate change.
Within El Salvador, the government, represented by the DGEHM, is taking substantial strides to further advance the energy sector. Their focus is on boosting renewable energy sources and diversifying the energy generation matrix, ensuring a sustainable and eco-friendly future. Geothermal energy’s growing significance in El Salvador exemplifies the nation’s commitment to a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable energy landscape.