Costa Rica has for 255 days managed its four-and-a-half million residents’ energy needs with little fossil fuel use. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) reports that 98,82% of the electricity generated for domestic use came from renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, solar, biomass and hydroelectric plants. The remaining 1,18% came from fossil fuels, used mainly in back-up situations.
“The decline in oil imports has positively impacted on electricity prices, as well as the expansion strategy and exchanges with the regional electricity market,” said ICE chief executive officer, Carlos Manuel Obregon. Luis Pacheco, ICE manager, added that their projections show the trend continuing in 2016.
This year, things played out in Costa Rica’s favour. The bulk of its energy comes from hydropower, and there has been a lot of heavy rain. The country is also planning to build three new geothermal plants in the next ten years, which should cover 20% of the country’s energy needs in 2035.
Source: ZME Science