The link between access to energy, financial mechanisms, and energy policies in Nicaragua

The Smart Villages Initiative, together with the Central American University (UCA) and the Nicaraguan Academy of Sciences (ACN), held the local workshop “The link between access to energy, financial mechanisms, and energy policies in Nicaragua”. The event took place from 27 to 28 April 2017 at the Selva Negra Resort Hotel in the mountainous area of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

The first day, participants visited the El Bote hydroelectric project, an interesting 10-year project located in remote areas of the department of Jinotega that supplies energy to more than 5,400 families from different municipalities in the area. During the tour, experts explained the challenges that the project has had to overcome and the reasons for its success.

The forum was held on the second day, which aimed to promote the analysis and exchange of knowledge between experts from the public and private sector, non-governmental organizations, and academia, based on experiences in the field of universal access to modern energy services. Challenges and opportunities are sought in the rural context to:

  • The integration of energy access for basic services, productive processes and tourism
  • Mechanisms and financing instruments to improve access
  • The strengthening of the legal and regulatory framework for distributed generation


Programme and presentations

Jueves 27 de abril
06:30Salida visita a terreno
Salida buses desde la UCA
15:30 Salida al Hotel Selva Negra
Salida buses desde la UCA
Viernes 28 de abril
08:30Bienvenida y presentación del taller
Roberta Mutschler, Smart Villages
Manuel Ortega, Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Nicaragua (ACN)
Dr. Jorge Huete, Universidad Centroamericana de Nicaragua (UCA)
08:45 Inauguración del Taller
Ministerio de Energía y Minas (MEM), Ing. Alexis Vega; Nicaragua
09:00 El Proyecto Smart Villages; Dr. Claudia Canales; Smart Villages
09.20 Hector Baldivieso; Banco-interamericano del Desarrollo (BID); Nicaragua (tbc)
09:40 Mackenzie Welch; Global Partnership; Investigadora asociada
10:00 Carlos Bueso; SNV; Sector Leader Energy Central America
10:20Dr. Myriam Blanco; HIVOS; Consultora y Coordinadora de Proyecto OSC & SE4All
10:40Edda Magaly Melendez; Banco Centroamericano de Integración (BCIE); Gerente País
11:00Pausa café
11:20Ing. Lâl Marandin; PELICAN S.A.; Principal
11:40 Jurgen Kulke; ALTERTEC; Gerente General
12:00 Jean-Baptiste Boudot; BlueEnergy; Gerente Unidad de Desarrollo y Enlace Managua
12:20Morgan Babbs; Colibri Global; Chief Executive Officer
12:40Sesión de Discusiones I
14:20Jaime Muñoz; Asociación Fénix (Asofenix); Director
14:40Ing. Mario Aleman; IEEE Nicaragua; Presidente
15:00 Lic. Verónica Herrera; Mi Crédito; Chief Executive Officer
15:20Denis Aleman; FUNDENUSE; Gerente General
15:40Suyen Córdoba; Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Dirección de Fuentes Alternas
16:00 Sesión de Discusiones II
17.00Clausura del Taller
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