Related posts:Electricity rate hikes take effect in April Solís calls for review of gasoline, electricity prices Electricity rates to remain unchanged through December 2015 Electricity rates for ICE customers to drop in January The start of the month of April on Tuesday will bring with it an increase in electricity rates recently approved by the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP). The agency on Monday also said they are reviewing requests for more hikes on the per-liter price of fuel.On March 21, ARESEP approved hikes in electricity rates ranging from 6.87-9.81 percent due to an increase in thermal generation. Electricity production at hydroelectric plants has decreased significantly due to severe weather conditions that have produced less-than-average precipitation during the rainy season and have caused an increase in fuel consumption at thermal generation plants.As of Tuesday, April 1, customers of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute will pay 6.87 percent more on their monthly bill; a bill for a family with a monthly consumption of 250 kWh, for example, will increase from ₡23,500 to ₡25,200 ($44-$47).ARESEP also is evaluating two hike requests in the per-liter price of fuel. The first one is an ordinary price adjustment requested by the National Oil Refinery (RECOPE) that ranges from ₡11-₡45. The refinery has asked for the increase to compensate for administrative expenses and investments.RECOPE also has filed an additional request to raise fuel prices due to a variation of international oil prices. If approved, per-liter prices would increase by ₡29 for Super gasoline, ₡21 for Plus gasoline and ₡9 for diesel.RECOPE will announce on its website dates and locations for upcoming public hearings, where citizens opposed to the increases can argue their case. Facebook Comments
*For our full coverage of AAAS 2016, check out our meeting page.WASHINGTON, D.C.—If you’re trying to keep flying pests away from your veranda lights on summer evenings, your choice of light bulb matters. A poster presented here today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes Science) describes a new study comparing insect traps outfitted with the six major types of commercially available lights, including traditional incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs that emit cold and warm colored light, and the yellow tinted “bug lights” marketed as being less attractive to insects. Over the course of a summer, researchers collected and catalogued 8887 insects and spiders from a neighborhood in Appomattox, Virginia. Although the factors that influence a light’s attractiveness remain mysterious, the study revealed some clear winner and losers. Incandescent bulbs brought in the largest insect haul, averaging about eight per hour. The “bug lights” and warm-colored LEDs were roughly tied for least attractive, at about 4.5. But the bug lights had a downside: They were more enticing than the warm LED to two insect orders that many people consider pesky: Hemiptera, which includes so-called “stink bugs,” and pincer-clad Dermaptera, better known by the heebie-jeebies–inducing name “earwigs.” Caveat emptor.