Costa Rica is committed to getting to 100% renewable energy
If other nations want to know how to increase renewable energy and reduce emissions, they would do well to look to what Costa Rica has done and follow its example.
Blessed with an abundance of free-flowing water Costa Rica is at nearly 100% renewable energy for electricity. Their free-flowing water is used to generate more than 78% of the electricity it needs. By the end of this year they hope to increase by 78% to 100%.
Aiding to reach this goal they are considering further development into their geothermal energy resource
es. Costa Rica’s national utility company, Grupo ICE says it does not foresee an expansion of demand for electricity beyond current capacity but will look to add geothermal resources as existing facilities reach the end of their expected service life.
Is 100% renewables possible? Well… In 2019, 99.62% of the country’s electricity came from renewables, according to REVE. In addition to hydro, 10.29% was derived from wind turbines, 10.23% from geothermal energy, and 0.84% from solar.
Overall, I think this is brilliant and I hope that Costa Rica’s experience with renewables energy impacts other countries to follow in their footsteps. Unfortunately, not every country has the hydroelectric resources that Costa Rica does but their commitment to renewable energy and lower carbon emissions is key.
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