Wind turbines Costa Rica. Image: Stefan Scherer-Emunds Shutterstock

Costa Rica has produced more than 98% of its energy from renewable sources for the fourth year in a row, the National Energy Agency (ICE) said on Thursday.

In 2018, only 1.44% of the Central American nation’s electricity came from fossil fuel power plants, the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) said in a public statement.

ICE Director Luis Pacheco said Costa Rica’s power generation system has turned it into “an example for the region and the world“.

Water is the main source of energy, covering 73.87% of the country’s energy needs, followed by wind power (15.6%) and geothermal energy from its volcanoes (8.38%).

Costa Rica avoided using fossil-fueled power plants for 300 days in 2018; the last time he used them was on May 17th.

October was the month that generated the most renewable electricity, around 976.78 gigawatts per hour, according to ICE data.

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The figures for Costa Rica are spectacular:

In 2017, renewable energy production covered 99.67% of the country’s electricity needs.

In 2016, it barely used fossil fuels, it ran 100% on renewable energy for over 250 days, 98.21%.

In 2015, he was working 100% with renewable energies for 3 months. This year ended with 98.99% from renewable sources.

In 2014, the hydroelectric power station generated 80% of the country’s energy needs.

But this is not achieved if there is not a government in charge of the country which depends on renewable energies for the production of electricity. The President of Costa Rica is clear on this subject, he wants to eliminate fossil fuels to make way for renewable energies. You want your country to be a global example of decarbonization.