ICE delivers unions power to affect the entity

By Esteban Mata

ICE chief executive, Carlos Obregon, signed a pact with the head of the Internal Workers Front (FIT), Fabio Chaves, which gives the trade union wing interference in the management and strategic human resource of the institution.

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CNFL Manager: In 2015 and 2016 there will be complex numbers

By Juan Fernando Lara

The manager of the National Power and Light Company (CNFL), Victor Solis, speaking as would a good negotiator: slowly, clearly and without raising the volume of the voice. Perhaps it is: in less than a year he persuaded the union at the company reduce its wage bonuses. Or, perhaps, it was ¢ 42,549,000 hole in your finances so convinced everyone shaking hands.

Today promises that in 2017 the company will have profits. Meanwhile, looking responsible for the failures of projects and cross your fingers that the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep) will approve a 35% increase in rates charged to its 520,000 subscribers to plug the hole in its coffers. This is a summary of how Solis plans to dye her black red.

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Community solar farms become popular in the US

March 07th,2015

A new concept of renewable energy is taking hold across America: community solar gardens that appeal to people who believe that solar panels are too expensive or impractical.

These gardens or solar communities began in Colorado a few years ago and the model has spread to Minnesota, California, Massachusetts and other states. Capacity is expected to grow strongly this year.

There is much interest among residential customers, who just like the idea, and large companies that want to reduce their carbon footprint.

The facilities provide electricity to the local grid. Customers subscribe to this public service and obtain a credit balance on their invoices, contracts are generally agreed to 25 years and protect against rate increases.

Some developers say the customer bills will fall within a couple of years below the rates regularly charge their retail customers. Others say the savings begin immediately.

"This will be the year in which solar energy the mainstream community really back," said David Amster-Olszewski, CEO developer of solar farms SunShare LLC, headquartered in Denver, which has two operations in Colorado and develops more with Xcel Energy Inc., even in Minnesota.

Solar panels on roofs are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners as their cost is reduced, but that market is limited to only about a quarter of the residences in the United States, according to the National Laboratory of Energy Renewable, an arm of the Department of Energy of the United States.

The concept of solar communities opens the door to many more, including tenants living in rented houses, roofs for shade customers and those who can not afford solar panels.

Source: 'La Nación'

La Prensa

Generation license granted to two companies

Mangu / ACAN-EFE / January 08, 2011

The Government of Nicaragua granted a Canadian owned company and another Nicaraguan generation license for the operation and maintenance of two hydroelectric plants in northern and southern Caribbean, an official source said yesterday.

These permits were granted by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) firms Puntudo Stone Hydro SA, Canadian-owned company and Cold Mountain Sustainable Energy Tropical SA, Nicaragua's capital, told Efe that the spokesman for State institution Maria Antonieta Santos.

The first permit is for the project Stitch Stone, which will build a hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 15 megawatts in the Mico River, tributary of Escondido, in the municipality Bullocks Wharf, on the southern Caribbean, the ministry said in a statement.

The second permit is for the hydroelectric Las Cañas, in the northern province of Matagalpa and includes the construction of a hydroelectric plant of 1.47 MW of installed capacity, which will use the Yasica river, a tributary of El Tuma, detailing the institution.

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Sala IV declared unconstitutional the Board of the ICE gender inequality

The Constitutional Court declared the appeal lodged by Valeria Morales Rivera, against the formation of the Board of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), by not having to place gender equality

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