Tech: Costa Rica Reaches Environmental Milestone

Costa Rica, a country in Central America, has met a huge energy milestone–they have achieved 100 percent of their power demand with renewable energy for 75 straight days. “The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” the state-owned power supplier Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a press release. The ICE says the milestone is a result of the heavy rainfalls at the four hydroelectric plants in 2015. The large amount of rain has meant that for January, February and March, there has been no need to burn any fossil fuel to generate electricity. Costa Rica has instead been powered by hydro power and a mixture of geothermal, wind, biomass, and solar energy. Costa Rica ranks second in Latin American countries, only behind Uruguay, in regards to electricity and telecommunications infrastructure, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Competitiveness Index.

Contributor: Johanna Hartman


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