Biomass to Lower Electricity Bills

In Costa Rica, companies are reporting savings on their electricity bill of up to 30% after having migrated to biomass as a fuel source, and they are demanding legislation that favors its use.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The orange juice producer Del Oro in Costa Rica, achieved savings of up to 28% through the use of a biomass boiler that was installed in 2010, compared to what it cost to maintain it using bunker fuel. The data was provided by Raul Jimenez, head of maintenance at the company, as reported by La Nacion during the Second National Forum on Energy from Biomass.

Nacion.com reports that although the initial investment to move from bunker to biomass "... can be millions of dollars, it is recovered in approximately five years. El Pelon de la Bajura (owner of the Tio Pelon brand) is saving between ¢98 million to ¢127 million per month ($183,000 to $237,000) in their electricity bills. "

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"... The opportunities for growth are open, according to industrialists, but it needs the support of laws that encourage the use of biofuels for both transport and for electricity. One of these laws is currently in Congress, but the Chamber of Industry opposes several of its articles because, as one of its directors explained, it would extend Recope's monopoly on buying biodiesel ".

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