Accessibility links

Case study

Energy sector and strategic investment planning for renewable energy in Nicaragua

Countries and regions
Nicaragua, Latin America and Caribbean
Action area


Case summary

Since 2004, Nicaragua’s National Energy Policy and Strategic Plan for the Energy Sector have established a clear and consistent process for national electrification, nearly doubling electricity access rates to 80% by 2015. This rapid grid development has been sustained by over US $1.5 billion in clean energy investment between 2006 and 2012, resulting in markedly increased energy self-sufficiency and distribution system efficiency, without notably increasing carbon emissions intensity in the country.

These national policies, and the broad cross institutional collaboration that they continue to facilitate, illustrate clearly how rapid electrical grid modernization can be achieved at minimal environmental cost.

Planning and implementation activity
Developing and Implementing Policies and Measures, Financing Implementation
Institutions involved
  • Government of Nicaragua
  • PRONicaragua
Sectors and themes
Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Integrated Energy Systems
Source details
LEDS Global Partnership

Results supported byUNDPWorld Resources InstituteTransparency partnership