Costa Rica: Urgent Need for Renewed Electricity Market Rules

Both the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and the Presidency have said that Congress should fasttrack the approval of the Electricity Contingency Act.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

According to the Minister of the Presidency, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, this project is a priority of the Government and it is hoped that it will be adopted before the end of the year, despite its opposition by various sectors.

"There are some people who do not think the same way and believe that any attempt to produce more electricity is an attack against the interests of certain institutions, therefore Parliament will discuss the extremes that have to be discussed and this year we hope to have legislation on this topic and Electricity Contingency Act is our priority in this direction, " said the official.

"In addition, representatives from the Costa Rican Union of Chambers (Uccaep) expressed concern over issues such as the need to modify the tariff adjustment methodologies applied by the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep) affecting the purchasing power of wages, something the Government has also been insisting on", published

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