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Costa Rica uses 100% clean energy for over 90 days

Staff writer |
Clean energy sources were used to generate 100 percent of the electricity in Costa Rica for 94 straight days.

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That was better than the old record of 75 days set between January and March of this year.

No fossil fuels were burned between May 8 and August 9 to generate electricity, cementing Costa Rica’s “world leadership” in the clean energy area, the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute, ICE, said.

“This reflects the success of the diversity of our electricity mix. Thermal sources are a necessary back-up for contingencies. We take advantage of our own sources, mainly water, efficiently and responsibly, giving us greater independence,” ICE electricity manager Luis Pacheco said.

Some 77.6 percent of the electricity generated during the period came from hydroelectric power plants; 12.34 percent was from geothermal sources; 10.05 percent came from wind power; and 0.01 percent from solar panels.

The streak ended on Monday, when the ICE had to burn fossil fuels to meet 1 percent of power demand.

Clean sources will account for nearly 93 percent of the electricity generated this year, the ICE said.

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