Central America panel seeks ways to slash region’s sky high electricity prices
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Central America panel seeks ways to slash region’s sky high electricity prices

Larry Luxner - May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the United States, electricity costs 10¢ to 12¢ per kilowatt-hour (kwh), while in Costa Rica, it’s 15¢ per kwh and considerably higher in Honduras…

The battle over distributed generation of electricity in Costa Rica
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The battle over distributed generation of electricity in Costa Rica

Cham Brownell - April 11, 2015

An April 10 article in The Tico Times titled “ICE could sell excess energy to neighboring countries” detailed the ability for Costa Rica to lower electricity rates…

Regulatory agency drops electricity rates for all distributors in Costa Rica
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Regulatory agency drops electricity rates for all distributors in Costa Rica

L. Arias - September 29, 2014

A day after it approved rate hikes last week for the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, or ICE, the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) on Friday approved a…

Electricity rates for ICE customers to increase in October
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Electricity rates for ICE customers to increase in October

L. Arias - September 26, 2014

The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) approved a 3.7 percent increase in electricity rates requested by the Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE). The new rate was published in…

Costa Rica’s industry sector leaders fed up with high electricity rates
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Costa Rica’s industry sector leaders fed up with high electricity rates

L. Arias - September 12, 2014

The Costa Rican Chamber of Industries (CICR) on Thursday blasted a new 3.7 percent increase in electricity rates requested by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE). Chamber leaders…

Costa Rica signs first loan contract with Japan for new Guanacaste geothermal projects
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Costa Rica signs first loan contract with Japan for new Guanacaste geothermal projects

Fabiola Pomareda - August 18, 2014

Representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) on Monday afternoon signed the first contract for a multimillion-dollar loan to…

Panel warns of Central America’s increasing dependence on Petrocaribe
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Panel warns of Central America’s increasing dependence on Petrocaribe

Larry Luxner - July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Costa Rica debates the pros and cons of joining the Venezuelan oil financing program Petrocaribe, energy experts meeting in Washington warned that countries…

Costa Rica extends ban on petroleum extraction
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Costa Rica extends ban on petroleum extraction

Corey Kane - July 28, 2014

President Luis Guillermo Solís extended the country’s ban on petroleum exploration and extraction until 2021 as well as adding guidelines for energy efficiency in government agencies. Solís…

Costa Rican Electricity Institute rules out blackouts in coming months
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Costa Rican Electricity Institute rules out blackouts in coming months

L. Arias - July 17, 2014

Although the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) confirmed a drop in rainfall levels for the current rainy season, the Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE) has ruled out power outages later this year. A lack…

How one island powered itself with a volcano
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How one island powered itself with a volcano

Graham Alexander Ryan | Special to The Washington Post - July 14, 2014

The eastern Caribbean island of Montserrat has suffered more than its fair share of natural disasters. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo struck the island, causing massive destruction with…