It was a national departure from the electrical system. The only one in the last 10 years. Unlike the region, Costa Rica had a decade without blackouts. According to the Operator of the Region (EOR), Regional Electricity Market Manager and Operator (MER), in April 2017, 14 total or partial outputs in the electrical systems of five isthmus countries had been presented in the last 7 years in Central America. None of them in Costa Rica.

costa rica electricityOur country entered into this interconnection project at the time of the FTA (Free Trade Agreement) and we interconnected 15 power grids from six countries. With a length of 1800 kilometers. However, on Saturday, July 1, 2017, it appears that a fault originated outside the national territory, in

However, this Saturday, July 1, 2017, it appears that a fault originated outside the national territory, in SIEPAC (Central American Electric Interconnection System) line, has caused a regional blackout. SIEPAC is an interconnection of the electricity networks of 6 countries of Central America. That is why today’s blackout affects not only Costa Rica, but also several countries. Carlos Obregón, Executive President of ICE, explained that the ruling was due to an excess

That is why today’s blackout affects not only Costa Rica, but also several countries. Carlos Obregón, Executive President of ICE, explained that the ruling was due to an excess of electricity demand in Panama, which left a 500-megawatt deficit, so the system collapsed and “it’s like taking two legs off a bench” explained the head official. In Panama, in the last days, important blackouts have occurred.