Costa Rica: Electricity Consumption Increases 5%

Between the period from March to May 2020 and the same period in 2021, electricity consumption increased by 5%, a rise that can be attributed to the increase in exports and tourism activity.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Data from the National Energy Control Center (Cence) highlights that for the periods under analysis, consumption at the national level went from 2,780 to 2,906 Gigawatt hours (GWh), which is equivalent to an increase of 126 GWh.

The increase in energy demand is in line with the increase in exports of precision and medical equipment, agricultural products and food industry goods.

Factors such as the progress of the vaccination campaign could further increase power consumption levels. Mario Alvarado, executive director of the Costa Rican Association of Energy Producers (Acope), told Nacion.com that "... there will be more energy consumption as the vaccination of inhabitants between 18 and 58 years old with and without risk factors progresses, as the bulk of the economically active population is in that age range."

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For Erick Rojas, general manager of Consorcio Nacional de Empresas de Electrificacion de Costa Rica R.L., "... the more people vaccinated and the fewer restrictions, the more energy use will grow as the demand for goods and services recovers. The restriction measures affect the demand for electricity and the economy. I'm not just talking about the people in the house, there were also layoffs and reductions in working hours and the whole economy suffered. However, when restrictions are loosened more people move and that fuels consumption'."

This upward behavior in electricity consumption also goes hand in hand with the increase in foreign tourist arrivals, since in the first four months of 2021, 296 thousand visitors already arrived in the country, a figure that represents a third of the figure reported for the whole of 2020.

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