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Costa Rica continues to make waves in renewable energy

In the first three months of 2017, Costa Rica produced more than 99 percent of its electricity by using renewable energy sources, according to data from the National Energy Control Center (in Spanish, CENCE).

Between January 1 and March 31, 2017, water, wind, and geothermal activity — employed according to their availability in the environment — were the three main sources of Costa Rica’s electrical production. Biomass and solar energy round out the renewable sources; less than one percent of the country’s energy production comes from nonrenewable sources.

The preliminary data show the country has maintained stable numbers following 2015 and 2016, when in both years 98 percent of Costa Rica’s energy generation stemmed from renewable sources.

In January of this year, Costa Rica’s president Luís Guillermo Solís resolidified plans to make Costa Rica a carbon-neutral country by its bicentennial in 2021.

Costa Rica has taken exemplary steps in climate change prevention to date. The country continues its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve its ability to cope with the effects of climate change on key sectors. As of last September, more than 65 companies have declared themselves as carbon neutral.

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