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ICE rules out power cuts for Tuesday, May 14.

May 13, 2024 | Costa Rica, News & Articles | 0 comments

by Juan Fernando Lara Salas

Institute reschedules again to start rationing plan on Wednesday, May 15. According to the entity, the change is due to improvements in energy reserves, among other reasons.

Marco Acuña, President of Grupo ICE, announces no power cuts on May 14.
The start of scheduled power outages by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has been moved again. The latest forecast was to begin on Tuesday, May 14, but now it will be on Wednesday, May 15, reported Marco Acuña Mora, executive president of that entity.

According to the press release, the Division of Operation and Control of the Electrical System (Docse) determined that improvements in national energy reserves, production from hydroelectric plants, increased wind, and purchases in the Regional Electricity Market (MER) allow the second day of rationing to also be zero.

According to ICE, this means that on May 14, there will be no suspensions associated with the rationing protocol at any point in the country. The measure applies to other provider companies: National Power and Light Company (CNFL), Heredia Public Services Company (ESPH), Administrative Board of the Cartago Electric Service (Jasec), Coopelesca, Coopeguanacaste, CoopeAlfaroRuiz, and Coopesantos.

Acuña Mora, however, confirmed that the rationing program would start on Wednesday, May 15, and any changes would be communicated to users.

“It is important to reiterate that, given the circumstances facing the region, a failure in any of the electrical systems of the Regional Electricity Market (MER) – including the Costa Rican one – could alter the projections for the following days,” warned the press release.

This is the second time ICE has moved the scheduled date for power cuts. On Saturday, May 11, Acuña Mora had indicated that the power cuts would no longer be on May 13, as initially planned, and that these would be moved to May 14. Now, the start of the plan has been postponed by one more day.


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