Costa Rica leads the world in renewable energy generation

Costa Rica may be petite, but its energy goals are huge.

Over the past four years Costa Rica has generated 98.53 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, using its rivers, volcanoes, wind and solar power.

The hydroelectric plant on the Reventazón River, the largest plant of its kind in Central America, began operations in 2016 and boosted the country’s clean energy capacity.

During the first trimester of 2019, the ICE will add a geothermal plant called Las Pailas II, the most modern of its type in the region, in the outskirts of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano.

“Basing [electricity] generation on renewable resources allows the country to achieve one of the lowest ratios of greenhouse gas emissions to electrical consumption on the planet,” the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) indicated in a statement.

However positive this news is, it doesn’t yet address the consumption of fossil fuel in transportation. With our electricity produced almost 100% via renewable resources, it would be a logical next step for the country to actively pursue incentives that encourage the use of hybrid cars. Some taxis have already transitioned to hybrid cars, taking advantage of the efficiency of substantially lower fuel costs while passively helping lower ratios of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

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—with content from Tico Times – July 12, 2018