Costa Rican utility says no to waste to energy

The presidency of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), declared that they are not going to provide any land to make the incinerator (or any type of chemical combustion) of waste that seeks to generate electricity as a result of the activity. In addition, ICE asks the Metropolitan Federation of Municipalities (FEMETROM) for an explanation of the project.

ICE clarifies that Costa Rica’s demand for electricity is covered and that this type of activity is not in the interest of the entity, since they are seeking a renewable energy matrix. It is indicated that “The Expansion Plan for Electricity Generation (2018-2034)”, concludes that the recommended route shows that the country has guaranteed the attention to electricity demand for the next eight years, based on a matrix of renewable, reliable and diverse generation, consolidating a national electric model based on renewable sources, therefore, the addition of installed capacity to the National Electric System until 2026 with the Borinquen 1 power plant is not considered.

“Waste Incineration is not considered by any world entity as renewable energy, rather it is a tremendously entropic and polluting activity that competes with comprehensive waste management and has terrible environmental and social impacts,” said environmental biology and ecologist Fabián Pacheco.