While people enjoy summer afternoons and cool breezes this “rainy season”, at the ICE emergency lights come on.
The drop in rainfall is affecting the production of electricity in the dams and forced to burn more fuel ICE than expected to satisfy national electricity demand.
From January to June, the Institute has invested little more than ¢ 40,000 millionin purchases of diesel and bunker for electricity generation.
That is double the amount for fuel purchases awarded by the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep) for all this year.
Therefore, more spending on hydrocarbons this will involve a future increase inelectricity tariffs that users pay, although it is unknown what percentage.
This alerts the Chief Executive yesterday launched the Costa Rican ElectricityInstitute (ICE), Teofilo de la Torre, in the middle of a business forum on the futureelectric Costa Rica.
The event, made in the Holiday Inn Aurola was organized by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Business Sector (UCCAEP).
Currently, data generation and fuel expenditure between January and May this year, do not exceed those recorded in the same period of 2011.
In the first five months of 2011, ICE spent ¢ 59.505 million in fuel and in the same period this year that spending is ¢ 33.048 million.
This July 3 came into effect an adjustment of 7.9% in tariffs of generation and 3.6% for electricity distribution to recognize fuel costs made by the ICE in 2011. Rising governed by an eight-month period.
UCCAEP President, Manuel H. Rodriguez criticized the growth in thermal generation by the impact on the environment and competitiveness of business.
“Acting in this way is not to be consistent with the international discourse, to be a carbon neutral country. Because while a state institution invests resources to generate energy using fuel, the private sector, clean energy thrown into the ocean, “said the businessman.
De la Torre also shared with the businessmen concerned about the drop in water level in the reservoir Arenal, the principal support of the country to provide energy in the summers. Usually working at full capacity Arenal summers, which reduces the level of the dam.
With the rains, starting in June begins again with the filling to make ends year with sufficient reserves and thus face the dry season. This year the situation changed.
“We are in a very adverse hydrological phenomenon (…). ICE has found its own plants a reduction in generation. The Arenal reservoir level is lower than previously projected and higher thermal generation than projected, “said De la Torre.
That level is 534.5 meters above sea level, feet below the projected minimum. If this situation is not reversed in coming months, the outlook for next summer would be much more complex than expected.