Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Latin America: Region Looks to Geothermal Energy to Meet Climate Change

Latin America Eyes Volcanoes to Fire Up Clean Development (Voice of America)

5 MWe geothermal power plant Miravallis 23 Nov 2007 Costa Rica
Mexico and Costa Rica aim to build on their position as Latin America's leading producers of geothermal power to help meet the challenges they face of curbing planet-warming emissions and making their energy supplies secure.

Latin America relies on hydropower for 55 percent of its total electricity generation, and the burning of fossil fuels for around 40 percent, according to the Inter-American Development Bank. At present, geothermal makes up only 5 percent of installed power capacity in Central America, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

But this could change, given growing political interest in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the goal adopted by governments in the new Paris climate change agreement to keep global temperature rise "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.

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