Geothermal experts mourned by telecom company execs

Executives at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad are mourning the death of Alfredo Mainieri Protti, a man they call the pioneer in developing geothermal energy in Costa Rica.

Mainieri, 69, died Monday.

The telecom company established its first geothermal plant in 1994 at Fortuna de Bagaces in Guanacaste. It said now about 14 percent of the electricity is generated through geothermal plants.

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