The reactivation of the binational electrical connection will run 300 kilometers, from the Colombian Cerromatoso substation to the Panama II substation in Pedregal, Panama. Varela proposed that the capacity of the connection be 600 megawatts instead of 300 megawatts in order to ensure energy security throughout the next 20 years. A power outage in early May left the entire country without power for several hours, including passengers on Panama’s new highly touted high-speed rail transportation system.
The electrical connection was mentioned by Varela during his recent campaign which saw him rise from underdog to come-from-behind victor. Colombia is also in the midst of an election. The first round of voting occurred May 25, and since no candidate received at least 50% of the vote, a run-off will be held June 15.
Source: Panama reactivated electricity interconnection with Colombia, La Republica http://www.larepublica.co/panam%C3%A1-reactiv%C3%B3-la-interconexi%C3%B3n-el%C3%A9ctrica-con-colombia_129801