Open Market for Renewable Energy for Costa Rica

The business sector is proposing removing the limits on the participation of the private sector in renewable energy and eliminating the price "floor" in auctions of new projects.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

From a statement issued by the Union of Chambers and Associations of the private business sector (Uccaep):

• Sector will participate in roundtable discussions on electricity convened by the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

UCCAEP has submitted proposals for lowering electricity rates for consumers

• UCCAEP hopes that this time the authorities will discuss energy issues with the consumer as the central axis, both households and businesses.

The Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprises (UCCAEP), announced its participation in the Dialogues on Electricity convened by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), to which it will take proposals for reducing the high electricity rates currently paid by all Costa Ricans.
UCCAEP argues that the country requires an approach to be taken which places users at the center, rather than a particular technology, ideology or institution.

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