Nicaragua reaches 90 percent electricity coverage

On 17 October 2016, the Empresa Nacional de Transmisión Eléctrica (Enatrel) announced electrical coverage has reached 90 percent of the country. President of the Cámara de Energía de Nicaragua (CEN), César Zamora, hailed access to household electricity as being the most important achievement by the government (El Nuevo Diario, 18 October 2016). He added that in the past ten years, electrical coverage expanded dramatically from 50 to 90 percent. Nicaragua has invested more than US$600 million in the last ten years, reaching 1.8 million subscribers to electricity services (El Economista). According to Energy and Mining Minister Salvador Mansell, the goal for 2017 will be to reach coverage between 93 and 94 percent.