Costa Rica boasts 99% renewable energy in 2015


View of a wind farm of the National Power and Light Company in Santa Ana, Costa Rica on October 23, 2015 Almost all of Costa Rica’s electricity came from renewable sources this year, making it one of a few countries in the world to eschew fossil fuels in energy generation, the state electricity agency said Friday. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a statement it achieved 99 percent renewable electricity generation this year. This month, a UN conference held in Paris struck a landmark deal committing countries to cutting their carbon emissions. Three-quarters of Costa Rica’s electricity is generated by hydroelectric plants, taking advantage of the country’s abundant river system and heavy tropical rainfalls. The rest comes from geothermal, wind, biomass and solar sources.

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