The role of private power generation companies has divided the political elite in Costa Rica as they work towards formalising legislation for a much-needed energy contingency plan, according to a report in La Nacion.

At the moment, the maximum participation of private companies is limited to 15 per cent, the report said. But the government is pushing for the threshold to be raised to 50 per cent, while the opposition is demanding a maximum limit of 40 per cent.

The opposition and the government are also in deadlock over the definition of what is a high energy consumer.

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