Costa Rica's 2009-21 public power investment to reach $ 9.23 bn

Mar 10, 2009 01:00 AM

Costa Rican public power sector investment projects through 2021 total $ 9.23 bn, according to a presentation by environment, energy and telecommunications minister Roberto Dobles.
Of the total, $ 6.99 bn is planned for generation, $ 1.61 bn for transmission, $ 611 mm for distribution and $ 16.9 mm for public lighting.

Generation last year reached 9.42 TWh, with renewables accounting for 92.6 % (8.72 TWh) and fossil fuels 7.43 % (699 GWh). Annual demand is expected to grow 5.3 % through 2021.
Residential clients used 40 % of the power produced in 2008, while industry, commerce and services, public agencies, agriculture and others used 24 %, 20 %, 11 %, 4 % and 1 %, respectively.

The country's installed capacity at end-2008 reached 2.38 GW, the bulk of which comes from hydro (64 %) followed by thermo (25 %), geothermal (7 %), wind (3 %) and biomass (1 %). Not taking into account installed capacities, Costa Rica's real energy potential from hydro, geothermal, wind and biomass stands at 5.13 GW, 94 MW, 200 MW and 71 MW, respectively.
Transmission and distribution lines at the end of last year totalled 1,810 km and 55,397 km, respectively, according to a presentation by Greivin Mayorga of state power utility ICE. Electrification coverage stands at 98.6 %.

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