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Costa Rica’s electric grid powered by 98% renewable energy for 6th straight year

by Mohamed EL DEIB about a year ago in energy
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The Government of Costa Rica expects the country will generate more than 99% of its electric energy from renewable resources in 2020.

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Costa Rica will add, at the end of 2020, the sixth consecutive year with more than 98% of renewable generation, according to data from the Energy Control Center.

The data comes in a period marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, in which the country's electricity consumption fell by about 3%.

With preliminary numbers as of December 15, the national production with the five clean sources available reaches 99.7%.

Energy from fuels has been the lowest since 1986: this year it was only 23.73-gigawatt-hours.

118-gigawatt hours imported are added to this thermal quota to complete national demand, which has been served by 98.6% with national resources.

In 2020, water –employed in edge plants and with reservoirs– continues as the main source within the Costa Rican electricity matrix, with a 71.9% share; the second is geothermal, with 14.90%, followed by wind with 12.39%.

For their part, biomass and the sun contribute 0.54% to the electrical matrix.

“Given the emergency due to the pandemic and the drop in demand, the Costa Rican system has been able to deliver almost all of the energy with clean resources. Despite facing a difficult year, we are making firm progress in the goals of decarbonization and electrification of transportation, ”said Irene Cañas, executive president of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.

OMNi unearthed the lifestyle of Costa Ricans

Useful, simple, and secure are characteristics of the forms of displacement in combination with digital payment methods

Forget getting stuck in your car in the typical dams and choose to move around by bicycle; Or, stop risking going out to look for a taxi, thanks to the possibilities that the OMNi super app gives you on your cell phone.

And it is that the user seeks that mobility solutions are given in a place, at a point of contact, such as cell phones; That's where FinTech comes in, guaranteeing solutions in those devices, simplifying the lives of users.

At the same time, everything is a simple method to carry out transactions, doing them in a single place, and without having to carry physical money.

How does OMNi contribute? Its first line is its famous bicycles, which are available to the public through the super app and which are enabled in the center of San José; however, it is looking to expand to the rest of the GAM shortly.

All under a secure payment method, by not having to resort to the use of cash, as well as health.

“We are beginning to question the body-centeredness so ingrained in Costa Rica and to see other ways of moving; We recommend using the digital wallet, simply scan the QR Code that is in the basket and the super app indicates the time traveled and the cost, once when it finishes it scans it again, in order to close the trip ”, said Liza Castillo, Director of Mobility in OMNi.

The super app also has the OMNi spots, which are the places where the bicycles are, since, through the map, you will know how many are available near you and the battery percentage of each one.

This with the existence of geofences, which are spaces where these bicycles can be used, which represents a safe service.

That's not all, since with the same digital wallet you can access the recent taxi service, as well as other mass media and public services, such as buses, are aiming to enter their solutions in the future.

For example, in OMNi taxis, you can know in advance who will come to pick you up and their rating, as well as contribute to improving experiences in public services.

But it is also essential that cities adapt to the needs of travel, both for leisure, work, and others, mobility is the core point of the economy, not only having suitable infrastructure for vehicles.

Without neglecting that the private sector in that sense, can also collaborate.

“We believe that the private sector has the capacity to promote these changes faster, designed towards people, and thus, public policies are managed through those needs; the authorities must recognize that there are lags in public services, and private companies also have a fundamental role, however, we believe that with the results of the taxi we are showing that it is possible, "added Castillo.

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