The national energy plan outlined Monday night would promote a clean energy system of public transportation using alternative fuels and change the rules on importing new and used vehicles.
President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree making the plan official Monday night. The plan is for 15 years.
The plan also promotes what is called distributed generation, which means small-scale electrical generation that would connect to the national power network. This has been tried in a pilot plan, but recent rules have frozen new development.
Also signing the document was Edgar Gutiérrez, minister of Ambiente y Energía. The proposals would improve the way electrical rates are calculated and improve the management of public entities in the electrical sector, Casa Presidencial said later. That means the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, which is the major power generator.
The objectives are to confront climate change with citizen participation, technology, innovation, research to guarantee the security and the competitivity of the country.
This is the seventh national energy plan, and the description in general terms is an environmentalist’s wish list. But there were no details provided Monday night.