Costa Rica used 98.8% renewable power so far in 2015
Wind farm in Costa Rica. Author: Christian Haugen. Licence: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Total of 98.82% of Costa Rica’s electricity came from renewable energy sources between January 1 and November 16, 2015, thanks mainly to hydro, geothermal and wind power plants.
The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a report this week that the country is well on track to meet the 97.1% renewable power target for 2015, which was announced in March. For 255 days this year Costa Rica used 100% renewable electricity.
For the reporting period, hydropower plants (HPPs) have generated 75.42% of Costa Rica’s electricity. Geothermal stations and wind farms each accounted for 12.93%, while the share of biomass was 0.78%. Solar power plants contributed 0.01% to the country’s generation. Non-renewables sources, such as diesel, were used as backup, taking a share of just 1.18%.
The drop in oil imports resulting from the increased use of green energy has allowed the country to keep power prices under control. In July 2014 the ICE promised no price increases for 18 months and it is very close to fulfilling that promise in December.