Candidate Wants to Make Energy Market in Costa Rica More Flexible

Johnny Araya, presidential candidate, proposes removing the caps on the private generation of solar, wind and biomass energy.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

During a meeting with the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Business Sector , the presidential candidate of the National Liberation Party, Johnny Araya, proposed removing legal limits for private power generation using renewable sources such as solar power, wind power and biomass.

" ... The only considerations that the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad should have about incorporating the power generated by these plants into the system should be technical and economic, not legal."

Araya " ... said he supports the bill on Electric Contingency, but only in regards to raising the caps on private generation from 15% to 30% of the country's capacity and allowing greater sizes for these energy projects."

" ... he insisted that they should replace diesel and bunker fuel power plants with natural gas, which costs less, has a more stable price and is cleaner."

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