Costa Rica is proving that it is possible to run a country without burning fossil fuels. On September 7th, Costa Rica’s National Center for Energy Control (CENCE) released a report confirming that June 16th, 2016 was the last day that fossil fuels-based energy was used by the national grid. For 76 straight days, energy sources like wind, solar, hydro and geothermal have powered Costa Rica.
It isn’t the first time Costa Rica has done without fossil fuels. Just last year, Costa Rica managed to power itself for 299 days without burning oil, coal or using natural gas. It would be encouraging to see other countries follow in its footsteps.
While Costa Rica’s use of renewable energy is admirable, it’s important to note that it is a very small country. Its population is just 4.9 million people, with a total area of about half the size of Kentucky. Thus, it can manage to power itself without heavy reliance on fossil fuels. While bigger countries like the United States wouldn’t be able to completely do away with fossil fuels, it’s great to see the possibilities of more natural energy sources. Hopefully, we can slowly implement more renewable energy sources into our everyday lives in the U.S. and in other major nations.