Friday, December 16, 2016

Costa Rica: Geothermal Energy Provided 1/8 of Electricity in 2016

Costa Rica to end year with mostly renewable electricity sources (The Tico Times)

The state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) reported that most of the electricity so far this year came from renewable sources.

The agency said in a statement that on Tuesday, the country surpassed 250 days using only renewable power sources. During 2016, 98.12 percent of Costa Rica’s energy was generated from renewable sources.

Costa Rica uses five renewable sources to produce electricity: hydro, geothermal, wind, biomass and solar. ICE now considers fossil fuels a backup energy generation source. During the dry season, the National Electric System takes advantage of a greater availability of wind and biomass to guarantee sustainable renewable generation.