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Sat Mar 21, 2015, 04:47 PM

Costa Rica powered with 100% renewable energy for 75 straight days


Well done Costa Rica, well done.

The Cental American country has achieved a major clean energy milestone, meeting 100 percent of its power demand with renewable energy for 75 straight days.

“The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” the state-owned power supplier Costa Rican Electricity Institute

(ICE) said in a press release.

The ICE says the country's zero-emission milestone was enabled thanks to heavy rainfalls at four hydroelectric power facilities in the first quarter of 2015. These downpours have meant that, for the months of January, February and so far March, there has been no need to burn fossil fuels to generate electricity.

Instead, Costa Rica has been powered primarily by hydro power - both pumped storage and run-of-the-river plants - and a mixture of geothermal, wind, biomass and solar energy.

http://www.sciencealert.com/costa-rica-powered-with-100-renewable-energy-for-75-days

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Reply Costa Rica powered with 100% renewable energy for 75 straight days (Original post)
Ichingcarpenter Mar 2015 OP
Thinkingabout Mar 2015 #1
SoapBox Mar 2015 #4
Romeo.lima333 Mar 2015 #2
allan01 Mar 2015 #3
CRH Mar 2015 #5
Judi Lynn Mar 2015 #6

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 04:51 PM

1. Where is the US? Hey Bush invaded Iraq and we could get more oil than we could ever use.

Didn't build any solar, wind or water plants but we didn't get the damn oil either.

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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 07:42 PM

4. Oh how I remember those claims!

The oil revenues will pay for everything...and what did we get, that we know of?

Nada.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 07:17 PM

2. that's just from the sunshine that is randi rhodes

 

miss u Randi

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 07:38 PM

3. bravo

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 10:08 AM

5. They also continue to develop, ...

wind turbines in Guanacaste province and Ice has a residential grid tie solar for residential applications. The plan is for carbon neutral by 2021 - 2022, with the aid of reforestation.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 03:06 PM

6. Costa Rica goes 75 days powering itself using only renewable energy

Costa Rica goes 75 days powering itself using only renewable energy
Ben Tufft
Sunday 22 March 2015

Costa Rica has achieved a clean energy milestone by using 100 per cent renewable energy for a record 75 days in a row.

The feat was achieved thanks to heavy rainfall, which powered four hydroelectric plants in the first three months of the year, the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute said.

No fossil fuels have been burnt to generate electricity since December 2014, in the state which is renowned for its clean energy policies.

While Costa Rica is a small country, with a popular of about 4.8 million people, it has made great strides in its use of renewable energy.

More:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/costa-rica-goes-75-days-powering-itself-using-only-renewable-energy-10126127.html

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