Costa Rica not in a 'power contingency', says government

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Costa Rican authorities told lawmakers that the country is not going through a power contingency, as there is sufficient capacity to supply demand.

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At a presentation before the legislative assembly's agricultural affairs committee, presidential minister Melvin Jiménez and state power company ICE head Carlos Obregón rejected an electricity contingency bill.

Jiménez said power demand has fallen and that residential and industrial consumption is flat, an assembly statement quoted the official as saying.

Obregón added there is no energy supply risk on the part of ICE and that planned capacity additions will cover demand. He highlighted the future startup of hydro Diquis.

In September, the government launched a 'national dialogue' to help guide energy policymaking.