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Central America taps volcanoes for geothermal power to replace oil imports

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Central America is seeking to tap its unique geography to cut dependence on oil imports as demand for electricity outstrips supply. The region has huge potential for geothermal power.

Guatemala aims to produces 60 percent of its energy from geothermal and hydroelectric power by 2022. More than a fifth of El Salvador's energy needs come from two geothermal plants with installed capacity.

Costa Rica, which has 152 megawatts of capacity in four geothermal plants, is due to bring a fifth, and Nicaragua generates 66 megawatts and in the next five years plans an increase to 166.

Original source: Reuters