Concern About Possible Electricity Rationing

Employers in Costa Rica are on alert because of the late entry into service of hydroelectric projects and the rising cost of electricity.

Monday, November 19, 2012

In the last six years, and in the absence of hydro plants, which are still under construction, the need to deal with the growing demand by using thermal generation of electricity, has made electrical service tariffs in Costa Rica grow at a higher rate than inflation .

According to the price index published by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), the cost of energy rose by 30% compared to the general price index in that period. reports that "The possibility of power rationing and climbing service rates have sounded alarms in the private sector. The risk of a shortfall, according to entrepreneurs, comes from the delays in construction of key projects to ensure future demand. Such is the case of the plants Diquís and Reventazón. "

According to businesses, "if you add to this the Electricity Contingency Bill -which would open up more space for private providors-stalled in Congress for two years, there is no alternative but to increase thermal generation or implement rationing. '

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