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hydroelectric plants, Guatemala City, domestic energy, Western Hemisphere, kilowatt-hours

Guatemala’s use of electricity (267 kilowatt-hours per person in 1999) is one of the lowest rates in the Western Hemisphere. Although Guatemala’s rapid-flowing mountain streams provide potential for hydroelectric plants, only 37 percent of the population has access to electricity, and in some areas up to 86 percent of the residents lack electric power. Even in Guatemala City there are sometimes electrical shortages. The government is working to privatize electrical services, and private companies have begun to supplement electricity provided by the National Energy Institute (INDE). Wood and other traditional fuels supply 62 percent of the domestic energy used; most of the remainder comes from petroleum.



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