Country:Costa Rica
Year:2010 (July 7th)
Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2010 (July 7th)
Date Ended:2015
Policy Type:Policy Support, Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources
Policy Sector:Framework Policy, Multi-sectoral Policy
Size of Plant Targeted:Small and Large
Agency:Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Dirección Sectorial de Energía

Costa Rica faces two major challenges in its energy sector: 1) to move from fossil fuels based energy system (mainly imported oil) towards renewable energy sources harnessed locally, 2) to expand its power generating capacity replacing old power generating stations and adding new projects. The Strategy addresses these two challenges and indicates country’s way to achieve those two goals in a realistic and sustainable way in an upcoming decade. 

Among many, the Strategy enlists following goals:

  • Substituting imported fossil fuels with renewables, especially through a consolidation of biofuels consumption, without competing with food production.
  • Giving priority to the construction of large renewable energy power plants installed by the national utility (ICE), that add at least 1400 MW during 2010-2020.
  • Increasing the participation of other actors, including from the private sector, in the development of new projects incorporating at least additional 600 MW of capacity during 2010-2020.
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In order to view a full version of Costa Rica's Energy Strategy of Costa Rica: Towards a New Energy Model please click here.

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