Aug 2019
Author(s): Solano-Rodriguez, Baltazar; Pye, Steve; Li, Pei-Hao; Ekins, Paul; Manzano, Osmel; Vogt-Schilb, Adrien
An energy transition driven by climate policy and technological change creates uncertainty for oil producers. Many Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) governments rely on oil for fiscal revenues. Here…
Jun 2019
Author(s): Schaffitzel, Filip; Jakob, Michael; Soria, Rafael; Vogt-Schilb, Adrien; Ward, Hauke
Energy subsidies account for about 7% of Ecuador’s yearly public spending, or two thirds of the fiscal deficit. Removing these subsidies would yield clear economic and environmental benefits and help…
Apr 2019
Author(s): Yépez-García, Ariel; Anaya, Fernando
This study describes the options for introducing natural gas in the Caribbean region and includes an economic assessment of the cost of natural gas to each of the countries. The natural gas can…
Apr 2019
Author(s): Miralles-Wilhelm, Fernando; Muñoz Castillo, Raúl; Machado, Kleber
This working paper presents an up-to-date and prospective assessment of water security throughout the LAC region with a focus on infrastructure needs, to aid in strategic thinking towards planning…
Mar 2019
Author(s): Allende López, Marcos; Da Silva, Marcelo Madeira
A new generation of quantum technologies will cut across most of the emerging technologies we know today, empowering many of them and threatening the security of others. They will also disrupt…
Mar 2019
Author(s): Persaud, Christopher; Tarre, Alejandro; Morales, Olga
Through this case studies series, the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the IDB seeks to transmit its work in the region, the problems addressed, the project implementation challenges faced…
Dec 2018
Author(s): Yépez-García, Ariel; Ji, Yi; Carvalho Metanias Hallack, Michelle; Lopez Soto, David Daniel
With rapid energy growth in the past 40 years, the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region has maintained a steady increase in electricity needs above the global level. While there is no question…
Dec 2018
Author(s): Mejdalani, Alexandre Novaes; Chueca, J. Enrique; Lopez Soto, David Daniel; Ji, Yi; Carvalho Metanias Hallack, Michelle
Net Metering (NM) policies have been widely used as a mechanism to allow the inclusion of distributed generation (DG) resources in the energy system, especially the adoption of solar photovoltaic…
Dec 2018
Author(s): Hallack, Michelle; Mejdalani, Alexandre Novaes; Lopez Soto, David Daniel
Net Metering (NM) policies has been widely used as a mechanism to allow the inclusion of distributed generation (DG) resources in the energy system, especially the adoption of solar photovoltaic…
Dec 2018
Author(s): Barnes, Douglas F.; Samad, Hussain
Impact evaluation has gained recognition over the last decade as an essential component of project development. Impact evaluation details how and to what extent policies and project interventions…
Nov 2018
Author(s): Barnes, Douglas F.; Samad, Hussain; Rivas, Salvador
Energy access is an essential prerequisite for economic, social, and human development. The 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) explicitly recognized affordable and clean energy…
Nov 2018
Author(s): Carvalho Metanias Hallack, Michelle; Snyder, Virginia; Larrea, Sylvia Virginia
This publication describes, among other things, the responsibility to find alternative energy sources and to deal with energy poverty, particularly in rural areas that mainly falls on women and girls…
Nov 2018
Author(s): Contreras Casado, Cristina; Silva Zuniga, Mariana C.
Upstream planning and institutional strengthening are central to ensuring a sound pipeline of infrastructure projects that are well-conceived and well-orchestrated. However, significant challenges…
Oct 2018
Author(s): Salazar Cota, Adriana; Fernández, Luz; Dalaison, Wilhelm
This document provides guidelines for borrowing countries and IDB personnel on green procurement practices, so that Bank’s funded projects will reduce the negative environmental impact of goods,…
Sep 2018
Author(s): Feng, Kuishuang; Hubacek, Klaus; Liu, Yu; Marchán, Estefanía; Vogt-Schilb, Adrien
Energy subsidies have been criticized due to their economic inefficiency and promotion of wasteful usage of energy and associated carbon emissions. Conversely, environmental taxes are advocated as…
Aug 2018
Author(s): Pasos, Mauro; Alarcon Rodriguez, Arturo Daniel; Dalaison, Wilhelm
In addition to the supply of an essential input for the operation of a building such as electricity, the use of photovoltaic solar energy can pursue economic objectives, by reducing the cost of…
Jul 2018
Author(s): Estevadeordal, Antoni; Beliz, Gustavo; Estevez, Elsa; Ovanessoff, Armen; Plastino, Eduardo; Rao, Anand; Diamond, Peter; Barral, Welber; Petrus, Gabriel; Donaldson, Dave; Vashistha, Avinash; Vashistha, Ankita; Herrera, Marcos; Heymann, Daniel; Mira, Pablo; Chesñevar, Carlos; Lakhani, Karim; Tinn, Phil; Lin, Michael; Ascencio, Luis; González Ramírez, Rosa; Atkinson, John; Núñez Tabales, Julia; Caridad y Ocerín, José; García Moreno, María; Siri, Julián; Serur, Juan; Miailhe, Nicolas; Lannquist, Yolanda; Mulgan, Geoff; Lavista, Juan; Corvalán, Juan; Pounder, Kate; Liu, Geoffrey; Chelala, Santiago; Korinek, Anton; Schapira, Débora; Reif, Rafael; Gillam, Michael
Whether we know it or not, we are all living on a new planet: Planet Algorithm. This is a cyberphysical space in which billions of pieces of data are transported at hyperspeed and are analyzed by…
Jun 2018
Author(s): Miralles-Wilhelm, Fernando; Muñoz Castillo, Raúl
The concept of the energy, water, and land (EWL) nexus encompasses a growing concern on the availability of vital resources derived from these intertwined systems, and how to manage the nexus…
May 2018
Author(s): Georgoulias, Andreas; Carvalho Fernandes de Oliveira, Julia; Meller, Hendrik; Ramirez, Maria Cecilia; Serebrisky, Tomás; Watkins, Graham George
This paper reviews country- and sector-level upstream planning and procurement approaches of water, transport, and energy infrastructure projects in Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Jamaica, Nicaragua,…
Apr 2018
Author(s): Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
This document addresses the main challenges of the energy sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), as well as the role that the private sector must play in the process of overcoming these…