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It wasn’t me… it was the Aresep.

The RECOPE, the Costa Rican refinery that doesn't refine anything, washes his hands and blames Aresep, the regulating authority, for the latest whopping increase in the price of fuels.

Super gasoline costs today ¢700!

QCOSTARICA - The dreaded increase has been announced for April. The regulatory authority approved what is the fourth consecutive increase since the beginning of the year, on Friday, March 26. It had been expected that the increase would take effect during Semana Santa, however, the...

Another “garrotazo”: Gasoline prices will go up to ¢57 per liter

QCOSTARICA - The Regulatory Authority of Public Services (Aresep) approved the latest request by the Costa Rica refinery that does not refine anything, RECOPE, for a price increase on fuels. The increase is between ¢36 and ¢57 per liter, according to the Aresep Energy Intendant,...

Gas companies must change cylinder valves, not users

QCOSTARICA - In some neighborhoods in the south of San José, gas companies ("gaseras") are forcing small distributors to tell customers that when returning gas cylinders they must deliver do so with the new threaded valves and that if they do not, they must...

Electricity will cost more between 10 am and 1 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm

QCOSTARICA - Starting in 2021, the electricity sold by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) will have different residential rates depending on the hours it is used. Starting January 1, 2021, there will be two “peak hours”: from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 6:00...

Aresep prepares a rate to allow households to pre-pay for electricity

QCOSTARICA - The Regulatory Authority of Public Services (Aresep) announced this Wednesday that it plans to introduce prepaid electricity applicable to the residential sector. With this new form of payment, for example, subscribers will be able to contract consumption a la carte for specific weeks...

Aresep gives AyA one month to resolve water bill errors

QCOSTARICA - The water utility, Instituto Costarricense de Aqueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA), has 30 days to resolve the claims for excessive water charges made during the pandemic.   This is the order given by the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep), according to a statement issued...

Residential electicity rates cannot subsidize lowering in other sectors

QCOSTARICA - Companies of electric generation and distribution are unable to adjust service rates to households, in search of compensation for the drop in consumption in other sectors. Marco Cordero, Energy Intendant of the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep), explained that the rate methodology does...

Gasoline prices will be cheaper on Wednesday

QCOSTARICA - On Wednesday, October 28, the lower fuel prices for Super, Plus 91 and Diesel fuel will go into effect. Prices at the pumps will drop ¢37 colones per liter for Super, ¢32 for Plus or Regular and ¢47 for Diesel. LPG will increase...

Aresep: “Make payment arrangement and no cuts in water service meanwhile”

(QCOSTARICA) The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) - Public Services Regulatory Authority - has spoken, ordering water utilities to enter into payment arrangements with users affected by excessive charges and cannot cut service in the process. In addition, it has put measures in...

Gasoline prices comes out of a 16-week freeze and will rise in early September

(QCOSTARICA) The 16-week freeze in the price of gasoline will conclude at the end of the month, with an increase in prices in early September. On Friday, August 14, the RECOPE  made a request to the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep) for an increase in...

Aresep approves lower fuel prices, but there will be no reduction in the price at the pumps

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aaresep) - Regulatory Authority of Public Services - approved a decrease in fuel prices, except for super and regular gasoline, which will maintain its March 4 prices, the difference to be used by the government to fund...

The Costa Rican model for fuel prices to the consumer

One of the methods to take advantage of the current international oil market conditions and reduce fuel prices, the highest in the region, is to change the model of price calculation and fixing. But don't expect that any time soon. According to the data from Centralamericandata.com,...

Big Drop In Fuel Prices Approved

The impact of the new Covid-19 coronavirus on the international oil price market is the reason given by the Autoridad Regulador de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) - Public Services Regulatory Authority - approving a reduction in the price of fuels in Costa Rica. The reduction...

Big Drop In Gasoline Prices Expected

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) - Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery, on Friday presented a request for a reduction in fuel prices to the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep). If approved, regular and super gasoline prices will drop ₡40 colones a litre, and diesel ₡63. The...

Gas Prices Increase At Midnight Monday

At the stroke of midnight tonight, Monday, gasoline stations will be charging more for gasoline and diesel. For clarity, the price change is effect at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 6, when the price of a liter of super gasoline will increase ¢31, regular ¢26 and...

Major Gas Price Hike Coming Our Way

Get ready for another gas price hike coming our way next month (August). The government regulator, Aresep, approved the following price increase: ¢31 colones for a liter of super ¢26 colones for a liter of regular (plus 91), and ¢14 colones for a liter of...

Avoid overpaying! “Gas” will have a fixed price starting May 17

From Friday, May 17,  2019, "gas" will have a fixed price for each of the types of cylinders that are sold in the country. This means that the cost will be the same in all establishments where the product is sold, similar to that for...

High Gas Prices Return: RECOPE Looking For A ¢73 Hike

The State refinery, Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope), requested on Friday, April 12, approval for a gasoline price hike that, if approved, would take effect in May. If approved, a liter of super gasoline would go from the current ¢618 to ¢691, regular from ¢602...

Costa Ricans Furious With Latest Threat From Taxi Drivers

The lack of regulation for passenger transport services - such as Uber - is a topic that not only disturbers the rideshare app company partners (drivers) and official taxi drivers, but users as well who demand an 'opening' or 'legalization'. Last week, in a letter...

Aresep in the process of developing an application for taxi drivers

The controversy generated by the incursion of Uber in Costa Rican has one more episode, as the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep)  - regulator of public services -  works on an application (app) to improve the service provided by taxi drivers. Earlier this...

Riteve Got More Expensive This Week

After more than a decade without a rate increase, the cost for a vehicle inspection at the Riteve went up this week to ¢13,405 colones, up from ¢12,160, for a vehicle under 3.5 tons. This is the third increase in a year. The first increase...

Aresep Inspections Ensure Quantity And Quality of Gasoline Dispensed

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (ARESEP) - Regulatory Authority of Public Services - often comes under fire for approving increases in water rates, increasing costs in electricity, bus and taxi fares and gasoline prices. But this public institution, created in law in September...

First Uber Driver In Costa Rica Fined

An Uber driver was fined ¢2 million colones (US$3,500) for violaing the Ley de la Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) - Public Services Regulatory Authority Law - for providing public transport services without a permit. This is the first case in which an...

Christmas Arriving In November in Costa Rica: Gas Price Drop On The Way

Christmas is arriving early in Costa Rica this year, a reduction in gasoline prices that will take effect next month. On Friday, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (RECOPE) - Costa Rica's refinery that refines nothing - submitted to the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos...

Gas Price Drop Coming Next Week

Next week, a reduction of ¢9 colones for a liter of super gasoline and ¢5 for regular will take effect. At the same time, a liter of diesel fuel will increase ¢5. This will be the third consecutive reduction in gasoline prices approved by the...

MOPT Analyzing If They Can “Take” Buses From Companies That Announced A Stop In Service

Q COSTA RICA - Two bus operators are calling it quits, throwing in the towel, announcing they will stop providing service to La Carpio, Barrio México, La Uruca and Barrio Escalante on July 17. The reason? Low fares and the inability or unwillingness of transport...

Bus Strike Cripples Thousands

UPDATE: Bus service was resumed by mid day on Wednesday. Is it a protest strike by the bus operators or are they really bankrupt? In any event, some 60,000 who live in the San Jose's “marginalized community” of La Carpio have had to walk, bike...

Government Shelved Plan To Regulate UBER and ‘Collaborative Transport’

Q COSTA RICA  - In April 2016, ruling party (PAC) legislator, Franklin Corella, introduced a bill to regulate UBER in Costa Rica and services offering "collaborative transport" by way of Apps (Internet-based applications). A year and month later, the bill remains stalled, awaiting political will. Although...

Drop In Gas Prices Approved

In the coming says, mostly likely before the end of the month, the price of gasoline will drop ¢25 colones for a liter of super; ¢28 for a liter of regular; and ¢20 for diesel fuel. On Friday, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos...

Drop In Gasoline Prices Approved

Q COSTA RICA - This week we will see the first drop in gasoline prices for the year. Following three consecutive increases in fuel prices, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) on Friday approved a drop of ¢27 colones per litre for...

Gasoline Prices To Drop

Q COSTA RICA - Good news for drivers, gasoline prices may drop by the end of the month, following a request by the state refinery, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope), for reduction of ¢23 and ¢25 colones for a litre of regular and...

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