Electricity Rates In Costa Rica

The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP (Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos)) regulates the prices of water, gasoline and electricity in Costa Rica. There are several electricity providers in Costa Rica: ICE (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad), the National Power and Light Company (CNFL (Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz)), the cooperativas (Coopealfaro, Coopelesca, Coopeguanacaste, Coopesantos), the Administrative Electricity Service of Cartago (JASEC (Junta Administrativa del Servicio Eléctrico Municipal de Cartago)) and the Public Services Company of Heredia (ESPH (Empresa de servicios públicos de Heredia)).

Coopealfaro, CNFL, JASEC, ESPH, Coopelesca, Coopeguanacaste, Coopesantos are all regional electricity distribution companies, some also have generation capacity.

Like in the United States Costa Rican electricity operates at 110 volts.

The domestic electricity rates vary between providers.

Rates from August 20. 2012

The a actual exchange rate on August 20. 2012 is 498 ¢ = 1$ USd.

ICE
¢72 for the first 200 kWhs
¢133 for the next 100 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢139

CNFL
¢58 for the first 200 kWhs
¢88 for the next 100 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢91

JASEC
¢54 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢67

ESPH
¢55 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢73

Coopeguanacaste
¢61 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢87

Coopelesca
¢70 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢87

Coopesantos
¢67 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢115

Coopealfaro
¢61 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢79


Rates from November 3. 2011

The a actual exchange rate on November 3. 2011 is 510 ¢ = 1$ USd.

ICE
¢67 for the first 200 kWhs
¢124 for the next 100 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢139

CNFL
¢56 for the first 200 kWhs
¢84 for the next 100 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢95

JASEC
¢57 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢70

ESPH
¢50 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢71

Coopeguanacaste
¢57 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢86

Coopelesca
¢57 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢68

Coopesantos
¢69 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢118

Coopealfaro
¢61 for the first 200 kWhs
Each additional kWh is ¢83