Renewables generate 100% of Costa Rica's power so far in 2015

Costa Rica's Laguna Arenal. Author: alq666. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

March 19 (SeeNews) - All of Costa Rica's generated electricity so far this year, total of 75 days, has been from renewable sources, said the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE), quoting data from the National Electricity System (SEN).

This 100% renewable energy mix was possible thanks to the rains this year, feeding the reservoirs Arenal, Cachi, La Angostura and Pirris. The country's wind, geothermal, solar and biomass plants also helped.

ICE believes that for the second quarter of the year it will maintain the pace of 100% renewables. The regulatory authority also estimates that the country has reduced in 15% its electricity consumption.

Costa Rica's current green energy state comes with little surprise since the country was ranked first at the regional level in the use of renewable energy in 2014 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

A report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), states that in 2014 renewables accounted for 88% of the electricity mix in the country. Hydropower had the greatest share at 70% of the total.

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