Office of the Spokesperson
February 3, 2016
Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos J. Hochstein travels to Costa Rica today to co-chair the U.S.-Central America Energy Security Task Force along with the Central American Electricity Market’s Council of Directors (CDMER) President Pro Tempore Elvis Rodas, the Honduran Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Energy. The Task Force participants will discuss ways to accelerate Central America’s regional electricity integration process, known as Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC), and strengthen the regional electricity market to enhance Central American competitiveness and attract clean energy investment to the region.
Costa Rica is host to the Central America Task Force meeting, the second of three U.S.-Caribbean-Central American Energy Security Task Force meetings. President Obama and regional leaders in April 2015 launched the Task Force with support from the U.S. Department of States’ Bureau of Energy Resources to help achieve a more secure, affordable and clean energy future. National representatives to the CDMER will attend, along with senior energy officials from the Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank. Special Envoy Hochstein will be joined by officials from USAID, USTDA, OPIC, and the Department of Energy.