Costa Rica on way to going a full year using only renewable energy

Incredible news has come out from Central America. Cost Rica has managed to power itself using only renewable energy for over one hundred days reports the Independent.

It is a fantastic achievement and now the nation wants to push for a whole year without having to use fossils fuels.

Currently the small nation has gone 121 days without using energy that has a negative impact on the environment.

In 2015 renewable energy accounted for 99 per cent of Costa Rica’s electricity supply. This meant that 285 of the year were powered by renewable energy sources alone. Inhabitat reported the figures gathered from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.

Scotland recently managed to run its electricity via renewable energy alone for 24 hours, due to strong winds, and it is hoped that this could happen more often in the UK. With the Hinkley nuclear power station development stalled, the UK needs to find new ways to power itself.

Fracking is being pushed by central government but environmentalists are very concerned about potentially negative long term effect. Exploratory work by a Fracking firms in the UK caused earth tremors in recent years, which but the plans on the back burner, but the extraction process seems to be back on the agenda now.

In terms of Costa Rica most of its energy is sourced through hydroelectric power, wind, solar and geothermal energy. A wide mix of power sources to tap into, if one of more is not producing enough at any one time.

In Europe, Sweden accounts for over half of the countries energy and in 2015 Denmark supplied 140 per cent of demand and Portugal are aiming to becoming totally reliant on renewables in the coming years. Norway uses renewable energy to extract gas that it then sells to the UK to use to power itself.

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1 Response

  1. Jon Harrington

    Posting an article based on a press release sent out by the government owned power company, ICE, without researching the content is irresponsible. Then for The Independent to post a photo of the one utility scale solar array for the article is laughable. I assume the author has no idea that solar makes up less than 1% of the installed capacity in Costa Rica. It would be better to post a photo of one of the dried up waterfalls that the hydro power that runs this country depleted. The photo on this article is of the 1MW power plant that was paid for by China and donated to ICE. It is great the ICE has invested so much in hydro power. But their stifling of distributed generation by solar or wind is near criminal. Where in this article or the one by Treehugger or Inhabitat do they mention the $14.6M spent on foreign oil to run the thermal plants this year? Perhaps you should mention that ICE raised electric rates for their customers last month citing the cost of the oil they had to burn. Misinformation, no matter how good it may make one feel reading it can go viral so fast a diligent reporter should check his facts.

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