Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Costa Rica: 11.2 Percent of Electricity is from Geothermal

Costa Rica Runs 99% on Renewables in First Quarter of 2017 (The Costa Rica Star)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Costa Rica continues its trend of achieving near total renewable energy production with a first quarter record of 99.06 percent, said the National Energy Control Center (CENCE).

Geothermal generation is rebounding from damages suffered at the Miravalles III plant in northern Costa Rica from Hurricane Otto late last November.

Of the total 2,744.41 GWh produced in the first quarter of 2017, 69.3 percent was from hydro, 16.2 percent from wind, 11.2 percent from geothermal, 2.2 percent from biomass,  0.16 percent from solar; and bunker and diesel, the one non-renewable source of electricity, was used for 0.94 percent of the country’s needs from January 1  – March 31.