Renewable energies

September 9th Business event




Opening session

Hamburg Chamber of commerce.

Philip Koch, Head of Strategy & International Relations, Hamburg Chamber of commerce

Arthur E. Darboven, President Lateinamerika Verein

Luis Schultz, Policy Officer – International Relations Officer – SNE; ENER.TF.3 – International Relations, European Commission

Ronny Rodríguez, Energy Deputy Minister, Costa Rica.

Wolfgang Michael Pollmann, State Councilor of the Environment and Energy Ministry of Hamburg. 


The EU-Central America Association Agreement as a solid framework to develop trade and FDI between both regions

Olivier Coupleux, Coordinator for trade relations with Central America and Mexico, DG Trade, EU Commission.

Benedikt Wiedenhofer, Policy Adviser, Central America, Business Europe.


Opportunities in the renewable energy sector in Central America

Panel moderator: 

Massimo de Luca, Head of Regional Trade and Economics Section – EU Delegation Costa Rica

Carolina Palma, Team Leader EUCA Trade Programme. 

Claudia Marcela Peláez, Director, Electric Energy Nacional Commission, Guatemala.

Marco Acuña, President, Costa Rica Electricity Institute.

Florencia Eugenia Vilanova de von-Oehsen, Ambassador to Germany, El Salvador


Coffee break


Development of the Central America Regional Electrical Market

Panel moderator: 

Christian Schauer, Director, AHK Costa Rica

Ronny Rodríguez, Energy Deputy Minister, Costa Rica

Carlos Raul Morales, ONYX Group

Carolina García, General Manager Comercial Internacional, TERRA Group

Jorge Blanco, President Renewable Energy Working group, EU Chambers of Commerce in Central America

Rodrigo Ibarra, Partner, ARIAS Law Nicaragua


Innovative solutions in renewable energy development

Panel moderator:

Ernesto Feilbogen, Project Manager TRANSfer / EC + Component, GiZ

Carsten Hasbach, Senior Director Government Affairs, SIEMENS

Astrid Dose, Deputy Manager Director Public Relations and Marketing, Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency


Closing remarks

Orlando Baquero, CEO Lateinamerika Verein


Networking cocktail –Wine tasting

Renewable energy in Central America

Central America is rich in renewable energy resources and there exists tremendous opportunity to harness this potential. The region´s power sector is integrated through an electrical interconnection system known as SIEPAC, which entails a single 230-kilovolt circuit transmission line with a capacity of 300 megawatts (MW) covering six countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama).

The SIEPAC has one the largest share of renewables in the world (66%) and the most diverse mixture of renewable generation, composed of biomass, geothermal, wind, solar and hydro. Given the high percentages of renewable energy, population growth, rapid urbanization, heavy use of public transport and high levels of pollution in the region, the transition to electric mobility powered by clean energy has also generated growing interest among governments.

Green Hydrogen: Costa Rica and Panama are leading green hydrogen ambitions in Central America In a new Green Hydrogen Roadmap, Panama aims to position itself as a global green hydrogen hub. It has been estimated that Costa Rica could produce nearly six million tons of green hydrogen annually, equivalent to 8.5% of global demand.

Geothermal: Central America, with more than 1,300 sources of thermal water and 75 volcanos, has an economic geothermal potential estimated at between 3-5GW. However, of this just 650MW of capacity has been developed, providing around 8% of the region’s electricity needs, while a further 7MW provides thermal energy. It has been estimated that the use of geothermal energy in the region could satisfy 70% of the it´s energy needs.