According to a new report, demonstrating that life without fossil fuels is possible. Costa Rica survived on 100 percent renewable energy for 76 straight days between June and August this year. This is the second time in two years that the Central American country has managed to survive for more than two months straight on renewables alone.
It brings the year 2016 to a total of 150 days without burning a single fossil fuel and counting.
Costa Rica running on 100% renewable energy for 2 months straight is a true inspiration and leading path for India and other pollution covered countries!
According to Costa Rica’s National Centre for Energy Control (CENCE), 16 June 2016 was the last day this year when they burned a fossil fuel to generate energy for their consumption purposes. Since then, the country has been powered on a mix of hydro, geothermal, wind, and solar energy. With hydro-power providing about 80.27 percent of the total electricity. Geothermal plants contributed roughly 12.62 percent of electricity generation in August. While wind turbines provided 7.1 percent, and solar energy accounted for 0.01 percent.
Just like last year, when Costa Rica managed to power itself for a total of 299 days without burning oil, coal, or natural gas, 2016’s milestone was helped along by heavy rainfalls at the country’s four hydroelectric power facilities. While the achievement is undoubtedly impressive and something that should definitely be celebrated as proof .
Costa Rica has a total area of about 51,000 square kilometres – about half the size of the US state of Kentucky. It has a population of just 4.9 million people. That relatively small population means a whole lot less energy is needed in Costa Rica than, say, the US, as Maria Gallucci reports for Mashable: “This nation of 4.9 million people generated about 10,713 gigawatt-hours of electricity in 2015.
According to a report from Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, The United States, by contrast, generated about 373 times more electricity. With roughly 4 million gigawatt-hours of total generation in 2015, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration.” Plus Costa Rica’s primary industries are tourism and agriculture, rather than more energy-intensive industries such as mining or manufacturing. But just because the country is small and is doing better at ditching fossil fuels than most, that doesn’t mean it’s going to rest on its laurels.
As Gallucci reports, a massive hydroelectric project called Reventazón. Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE), will come online later this month, after six years of construction, which means even more hydro-power in store.