Public consultation is being carried out on the methodology for calculating tariffs for power generation from solid waste.
The drop in oil prices and high operating costs are not the only obstacles to projects generating energy from waste in Costa Rica. Now the Regulatory Authority of Public Services is calling for a public hearing in order to "start writing" a methodology, ordinary and extraordinary, that will determine the reference rates for power plants using municipal solid waste.
In Costa Rica an electricity distributor has announced it plans to invest $35 million in a power plant to generate fuel with solid waste in Belen, province of Guanacaste.
The company Coopeguanacaste has proposed to the municipalities of Liberia, Carrillo and Nicoya that they send them their waste which will be used as raw material in the plant, which they plant to operate using the method of incineration.
In Panama attention is being paid to requests for changes in the terms of the $12 million tender for the treatment of hospital waste.
Modifications to the technical specifications and postponement of the public act for the supply and installation of equipment for the treatment of hazardous hospital waste, launched the Social Security Department, are part the requests made by the companies who took part in the clarification meeting.
Various projects for generating electricity from waste have been waiting for the new regulation, which states that only waste which can not be recycled, reduced or reused may be incinerated.
Municipalities are now able, with these newly approved rules to reactivate projects that have been on hold since June 2014, when the moratorium went into effect. According to the National Association of Mayors and Municipalities, at least half of them are interested in mechanisms to generate electricity from waste.
A year after the declaration of moratorium and three months after the announcement that the regulation was ready to be signed, the Ministry of Environment has now decided to "clarify some issues."
While huge investments are paralyzed and municipalities are struggling to deal with garbage in the best way possible, the government of Costa Rica continues to delay the adoption of a regulation that would allow energy to be generated from solid waste.
The measure which has paralyzed multiple investments remains in force because of administrative delays in the adoption of the rules that will govern the transformation of solid waste into electricity.
It has been noted that the document which contains the rules for this activity was ready three months ago, though Environment Minister Edgar Gutierrez, reported that "... we expected it soon to be stamped and signed."
On June 3rd and 4th representatives from companies in the sector will gather together in the capital to discuss issues related to technology in the management of solid and liquid waste, and water use efficiency.
This conference will focus on the issues of waste management and recycling, it will be aimed primarily at industrialists, environmental consultants and engineers, public sector and NGOs.
The Ministry of Health in Costa Rica has finalized the regulations governing the operation of incineration plants which generate energy from waste.
Almost a year after the moratorium on power generation based on solid waste, which is mainly affecting municipalities, the Ministry of Public Health has announced that the regulations which establish the conditions for the incineration of waste are ready.
A year into its tenure, the government of Costa Rica has announced the formation of a joint committee to study a national plan for recycling and recovery of waste.
In another grim example of the difficulties faced by rulers in Costa Rica to make executive decisions on public works, existing plans - which are currently on hold, and will probably disappear - for investment in the waste management and recycling sector, including generating power from them, due to the fact that the current government has decided to start from scratch with the formation of a committee to "develop strategies" on the topic. As if there were not already enough information on his issue, and as if the respective participants and those responsible had not expressed themselves sufficiently in this respect. It is the same case with the commission on energy introduced by this government.
The Spanish company Oproler has won the $3.3 million contract for the construction of a waste incinerator at the international airport in Panama City.
Besides construction of the incinerator, Oproler will also manage the equipment and collect waste produced at the airport for a year. It is anticipated that the equipment will be ready in eight months and will have the ability to "... manage technically and effectively the collection, sorting and disposal of organic, inorganic, liquid and hazardous waste. "
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