Costa Rica closed 2015 with 99% renewable energy

Costa Rica generated 98.9% of its electricity from renewable sources in December. That’s according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) which stated hydropower and geothermal plants generated 88% of the energy […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Costa Rica generated 98.9% of its electricity from renewable sources in December.

That’s according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) which stated hydropower and geothermal plants generated 88% of the energy mix.

Solar, wind and biomass accounted for 10.8%.

Between 1st of January and 17th of December 2015, the country generated 100% of its power from non-fossil fuel sources, it added.

Luis Pacheco, Electricity Division Chief at the ICE said: “In a year which was extremely dry we proved that the hydropower strategy from ICE was vital to avoid using fossil fuels. We closed 2015 with renewable electricity milestones that have put us in the global spotlight.”