Republic of Costa Rica
Vice Minister of Energy
Ms. Irene Cañas-Diaz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering form University of Costa Rica. She has more than twenty years of professional experience and is the incumbent Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Costa Rica.
She worked more than seventeen years in the Process of Electric Generation Technologies at the Costa Rica Institute of Electricity (ICE, in Spanish), making different technical and feasibility studies for hydroelectric power projects, such as Cariblanco (32 MV), Savegre (195), La Virgen(28 MW), Pirris (195 MV) and Bouruca (1060 MV). Later on, she focused her professional career at ICE in the development of studies about non-conventional renewable energies, like photovoltaic, biogas and wind. Engineer Cañas also developed a wide range of feasibility and construction studies for projects of electric generation with biogas in rural areas as well as bio-digester designing. During the last years, before assuming the position of Vice Minister, she was in charge of coordinating the 4E-Program (Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency) at the German Cooperation Agency GIZ for Costa Rica and Panama.
She has also been the coordinator for ICE to the Central American Alliance for Energy and Environment (AEA, In Spanish) President of Administration Council of COOPEICE R.L and founding member of the Costa Rican Solar Energy Association (ACESOLAR).