ICE issues institutional guidelines for energy conservation


San José, Costa Rica — (METERING.COM) — March 11, 2008 – Costa Rica state utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has issued guidelines to strengthen the efforts of the organization in terms of saving electricity moving forward into the future.

The guidelines, which have been approved by both management and staff, form part of a public commitment to promote the rational use of electricity and are aimed at stimulating a continuing improvement in the energy performance of the organization and its customers as well as suppliers.

Principles of the policy are to:

  • Develop all activities under a philosophy of electricity conservation
  • Incorporate energy efficiency in institutional management as a complementary element of decision making
  • Apply in all processes best practices for saving electricity and avoiding wastage
  • Promote to staff, customers and civil society a culture of electricity conservation and saving
  • Conform to the current legislation on energy conservation
  • Ensure that suppliers comply with the electricity conservation guidelines of the organization
  • Continually seek new opportunities to improve energy management.

Since the late-1980s when the ICE had to manage unexpected significant increases in electricity demand, the organization has had a special interest in the subject of energy conservation, and has implemented a number of initiatives in this area. Subsequently Law no. 7447 was ratified for the rational use of energy in Costa Rica, leading to the widespread distribution of compact fluorescent energy saving light and the development of an alliance with the national bank to finance efficient products.

Currently ICE has four formal programs – an energy efficiency program which advises high consumption customers on energy saving, an energy efficiency laboratory which is responsible for measuring the energy efficiency of electrical equipment, a renewable energy program which provides solar power to customers isolated from the network, and an information program which develops communications materials on energy saving. In addition educational outreach programs are undertaken.

Following rationing of electricity in the summer of 2007, a national energy saving program (Programa Nacional de Ahorro de Energía – PRONAE) was established, which has recently launched its first project – the promotion of compact fluorescent lighting through a partnership between the private sector and the ICE.