• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Electricity rate hikes take effect in April

April 10, 2014

Electricity rates will increase by between 6.87 percent and 9.81 percent, depending on the service provider,  starting next month, the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) said on Friday.

The agency approved the hikes after taking into account an increase in thermal-generated electricity prompted by harsh conditions during the dry season.

A lack of rainfall last year forced companies to generate electricity using fuel to meet a shortfall in energy generated by hydroelectric plants.

ARESEP’s Energy Superintendency said the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) likely would have to import energy from other Central American countries in order to meet local demand at a lower cost.

That means the increase on ICE bills will total 6.87 percent, compared to Coopesantos customers, who will be billed the highest increase at 9.81 percent.

Other service providers and rate hikes are as follows: National Power and Light Company, 7.35 percent increase; JASEC, 8.79 percent; Public Services Company of Heredia, 8.66 percent; COOPELESCA, 5.21 percent; and COOPEGUANCASTE, 6.92 percent.

ARESEP also reported that a quarterly review concluded that the amount of thermal generation needed to meet electricity consumption for the next period is actually lower than that projected by the previous review conducted last year.

You may be interested

UN commends Costa Rica for decarbonization efforts
Climate Change
3510 views
Climate Change
3510 views

UN commends Costa Rica for decarbonization efforts

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 25, 2021

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on Thursday commended Costa Rica for its ongoing decarbonization efforts.  Thursday marked the…

Government updates Costa Rica decarbonization efforts
Environment and Wildlife
10538 views
Environment and Wildlife
10538 views

Government updates Costa Rica decarbonization efforts

The Tico Times - February 24, 2021

The Costa Rican government on Wednesday updated the progress of the country's decarbonization efforts. The Presidency says 90.7% of the…

Reminder: Costa Rica’s entry requirements during the coronavirus pandemic
Costa Rica
3261 views
Costa Rica
3261 views

Reminder: Costa Rica’s entry requirements during the coronavirus pandemic

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 24, 2021

Since November 1, tourists from anywhere in the world can visit Costa Rica. Visitors can arrive to Costa Rica via…