In response to the power prices that loom over home and business owners each month, Costa Rican officials have decided to create a committee that will search for alternative pricing models in hopes of cutting down on electricity costs.
During the weekly press conference at Casa Presidencial Tuesday, Édgar Gutiérrez, the minister of Ambiente y Energía, joined some fellow politicians to announce their plan. He said the group will look into the country’s current energy make-up, possible alternatives through gas, geothermal, wind, and solar energies, and how to calculate new rates.
“Costa Rica has to put out on the table what we plan to do with energy forces and which ones shall make up our electric grid,” Gutiérrez said. “We are now working on a national program that will educate the population on the efficient use of energy, as the president requested.”
Though President Luis Guillermo Solís was busy attending the presidential inauguration in Panamá, the commission’s creation stemmed from his directive. Members are set to include representatives from the energy ministry, from related chambers and from local universities.
At the end of the investigation, the panel is expected to relay a list of cost revisions, performance indicators, and impacts of alternative energies into the nation’s energy company, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.
Solís and government officials have reiterated that any new energy structure will not depend on petroleum.
Also accompanying Gutiérrez on Tuesday were Vice President Helio Fallas and Melvin Jiménez, minister of the Presidencia, who said this has been a growing worry for Costa Ricans over the past few years, but the government wants to make sure any solutions are not quick patch-up jobs.
“This is something we need to resolve for the long-term, not just for as long as this administration is in office,” Jiménez said.