Vice-Minister of Energy | Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica
Irene Cañas-Diaz is a civil engineer with more than twenty years of professional experience and is the Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Costa Rica. She worked at the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE), in the department of Electric Generation Technologies leading technical and feasibility studies for different hydroelectric power projects (Cariblanco -32 MW, Savegre -195 MW, Pirrís -195 MW, Boruca -1060 MW, among others).
Later on, she worked in the National Electricity Planning Center of ICE in the development of non-conventional renewable energies. Before becoming Vice minister, she coordinated the 4E-Program (Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency) at the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) for Costa Rica and Panama.
She has also been the coordinator for ICE to the Central American Alliance for Energy and Environment, President of Administration Council of COOPEICE R.L. and founding member of the Costa Rican Solar Energy Association (ACESOLAR).