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The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the Vice-ministry of Energy and Environmental Quality (MINAE) of Ministry of Environment, and Energy and Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) have kicked-off a joint initiative to build knowledge about the local benefits of offshore wind and explore pathways for its future development and growth in Costa Rica.

The closed-door workshop, which takes place on 1 and 2 September, brings together representatives from across the public and private sector and key stakeholders in Costa Rica, to enhance understanding of the scope of benefits, costs, and other challenges and opportunities for offshore wind development in the country.

With a total offshore wind technical potential of 14 GW, of which near of 1 GW is fixed-bottom offshore wind and 13 GW is floating offshore wind, Costa Rica has the potential to become a first-mover for offshore wind in Central America, GWEC said.

Costa Rica is currently producing 99 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources and plans to maintain that percentage in the future.

[Adnan Durakovic]

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