Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Costa Rica: Geothermal Helps to Cut Fossil Fuel Use

Costa Rica’s ICE slashes use of fossil fuels by a remarkable 94 percent (ICR News)

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) slashed its use of fossil fuels for electric generation a remarkable 94 percent during the first eight months of this year compared to the same period in 2014, according to purchase records provided by the Costa Rican Oil refinery (RECOPE).

Some 77.6 percent of the electricity generated during the period came from hydroelectric power plants; 12.34 percent was from geothermal sources; 10.05 percent came from wind power; and 0.01 percent from solar panels.

Clean sources will account for nearly 93 percent of the electricity generated this year, ICE predicted last month.

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