Honduras Microgrid Regulations

U.S. Department of Commerce
Project Completed June 2022

The Honduras national grid is unable to supply all of Honduras’ electricity needs, especially in rural areas, and microgrids can play a key role in supplying electricity where the grid is unreliable or non-existent. Synapse Energy Economics (subcontractor), the Pace University Energy and Climate Center, and Dr. Chris Greacen (the Project Team) assisted the U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program, in drafting comprehensive microgrid regulations to support the deployment of microgrids to accelerate rural economic growth through increased access to affordable and reliable energy in Honduras.

The Project Team worked closed with the Honduran Electricity Regulator and the Secretary of National Energy to determine how new microgrid regulations best fit within the existing regulatory framework. The team drafted the structural parameters for microgrids including, microgrid classifications, technical requirements, contractual requirements, and the licensing and certification process for microgrid developers. It also drafted the terms and conditions of service and consumer protections.

The Project Team sought input from and presented the draft microgrid regulations to a variety of interested parties including local government officials, microgrid developers, and community members during a microgrid stakeholder workshop in June 2022 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.