Costa Rica: Milestones for Clean Energy

Costa Rica announced in March 2015 that it ceased using fossil fuels in December 2014, and that renewable energy sources had accounted for its entire power supply for 75 days. This signifies that Costa Rica has become the first country in the world to demonstrate long-term reliance on renewable energy in lieu of fossil fuels. According to a report released by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, Costa Rica will not need to use any fossil fuel in 2015. Many other countries are looking into whether they can replicate Costa Rica’s success.

Costa Rica has a wide range of renewable energy sources including hydropower, geothermal energy, wind power, bio-fuel and solar energy. Its four large hydropower stations and heavy rains allowed it not to rely on fossil fuels for 75 days. Geothermal energy from its volcanic formations also accounts for 10% of its power supply.

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