The Difficulties of Small-Scale Energy Production

In Costa Rica generators of small scale energy are complaining about a lack of key definitions in the regulations in force since April and which regulate sales of surplus energy.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How rates are set, who will buy the bidirectional meters, how records will be created to manage the repayment of the surplus and how to obtain a certificate, are some of the questions arising from the regulation on Planning, Cooperation and Access to the National Grid (POASEN).

Erick Rojas, manager of the National Consortium of Electricity Companies in Costa Rica, told Nacion.com that "... The Regulatory Authority for Public Services insists that POASEN is valid, but in practice this is not true. It is irresponsible for our partners to invest in equipment expecting to get refunded, because they have been sold the idea. The rate has not even been defined and that is not good business. "

Luis Pacheco, manager of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, added, "... It is important to generate feedback, I admit there is a need to confirm issues such as the tariff and concessions but, the Institute is making progress and is ready to join the project. "



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The state power company has suspended the pilot plan which has been in place since 2010 which allowed solar power generators to connect to the grid and sell any surplus energy generated.

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Energy Emergency in Costa Rica

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Costa Rican business associations are asking the government to declare an emergency in the power sector because of the sustained increase in the costs of fuel for generation.

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