Two hearings on electricity cause confusion of the date

A key public hearing about private power generation already has taken place.

The hearing was Wednesday and not Thursday, as A.M. Costa Rica had incorrectly reported.

This was the hearing by the Authoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos that sought reaction to a draft measure that would allow all electrical consumers to generate their own power and perhaps sell the excess to their local electric company. The proposal is contained in a lengthy document released by the agency. The highly technical document specifies the requirements for hooking up to the national electrical grid.

Jim Ryan of ASI Power & Telemetry, S.A. in Liberia said he, too, was confused by the agency because it sent out two notices for hearings. One was for Wednesday and one is for today. Both are on electrical matters.

He said that those who favor private generation of power can still file comments with the agency via fax 2215-6002 or email

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