Costa Rica’s ICE to promote geothermal power

Costa Rica’s state energy company ICE has said it will conduct a study to promote the use of geothermal energy as a way to compensate for the unreliable generation from its hydropower facilities, a result of changing rainfall patterns.

The study will analyse how variations in climate affect energy production and will be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.

According to a report in La Nacion, 78 per cent of Costa Rica’s energy sources are affected by changing weather conditions.

The country’s president, Laura Chinchilla, recently said Costa Rica generates more than 90 per cent of its power from clean energy sources – a trend the government wishes to continue.

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