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An agreement for purchase of wind power is being negotiated with a major utility in Guatemala by the owners of a potential wind plant site at Potrero Largo (Windpower Monthly, December 1996). The utility, Empresa Electrica de Guatemala, serves the capital, Guatemala City, and two other major urban centres, says Hugo Arriaza, local representative of the US National Rural Electric Co-operative Association (NRECA) who has been following the project. Danish wind turbine manufacturer Micon is apparently negotiating a contract with the owners to supply the wind turbines. The site has a potential of 20 MW. But in general, Arriaza does not foresee much immediate potential in the Central American country. Under a new electric law, which created a bulk energy market, he predicts renewables will find it hard to compete with cheaper technologies.

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