Costa Rica Running Completely on Renewable Energy


Standard energy rates will be capped from January 2019, but switching with us could save you as much as £482* on your annual energy bills.

in partnership with Banner uswitch

Looking to switch your business energy supplier? Click here

* Between 1 Jan 2018 and 30 Jun 2018, at least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with uSwitch saved £482 or more.

Costa Rica is currently running solely on fossil fuels, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute announced. For the past 75 days, the entire country’s electricity requirement has been produced by a combination of sustainable energy technologies. Most of the country’s power comes from hydro technology, and thanks to recent heavy rainfall, Costa Rica’s hydropower plants are now producing almost 100% of the country’s electricity. The remaining energy requirement is topped up from a combination of solar, geothermal and wind sources.

This has been going on since early January, 2015, but there’s no saying how long it will last. Costa Rica has some advantages when it comes to sustainable energy generation, such as its sub-5-million population, lack of energy intensive industries such as manufacturing, and it’s natural landscape. Costa Rica’s rivers are perfect for harnessing hydropower, and the presence of volcanoes make it ideal for geothermal systems, too.

Costa Rica is about to begin a huge geothermal investment project – to the tune of $640 million – in order to lessen its dependency on hydropower. Although the country only stands to benefit, for example, when experiencing high levels of rainfall – a drought, or even unexpected seasonal changes in rainfall, could spell serious trouble for Costa Rica’s energy. The geothermal project will also help to achieve the nation’s goal of being completely carbon neutral by 2021.

Now, while Britain may not be in a position to even consider going 100% renewable in the near future, Costa Rica’s environmental milestone is leading the way to a more sustainable future by promoting sustainable energy generation, and showing that it can be done. This achievement will hopefully provide encouragement for the other nations of the world – even for those with a long way yet still to go.

Click here to run an energy price comparison, and see if you could be paying less for your gas and electricity.

Found this page interesting?

Help spread the word and share this page with your friends and family on your social networks.

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more