As the number of vaccines rises and vaccinations programs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) take up different speeds, the end of the covid pandemic is within sight. From the Energy division in the IDB, we have been tracking the impact the covid transformative effects in LAC’s behaviors and economic activity have on utilities. While the pandemic grew in strength … [Read more...] about The road ahead: how the pandemic transformed electricity demand. The path to recovery.
There is an urgent need in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to cut down black carbon emissions. In 2012, one fifth of the 4.3 million deaths in the world related to the use of solid fuels for cooking or heating, either caused by health issues or accidents, were in LAC. Estimates show that if no action is taken to improve air quality, annual premature mortality from PM2.5- … [Read more...] about The Urgent Need to ‘Clear up the Smoke’ through Clean Cooking Programs
Since the pandemic started the Energy division has been monitoring the evolution of the electricity demand and comparing it to the regular patters that were consumed the last year. After implementing different measures of social distancing in different countries, electricity consumption has reduced to different degrees. Monitoring this evolution is important both at sectorial … [Read more...] about Energy Consumption, a Gaze to the Industrial Production Reduction
Since confinement measures began to be applied, we have been forced to remain inside our homes for a long period of time. These measures of social distancing have required the reduction of economic activities, the closing of schools, and the limitation of physical displacement. In the region, a huge number of people share residences with their families or other co-inhabitants … [Read more...] about The quarantine and its dwellers: ¿Do we change our electricity consumption behavior?
The COVID-19 is having an impact on several sectors of the economy, and the power sector is not spared. The electricity sector is an integral part of the economy. The importance of its monitoring lies in the fact that it can help us: (1) prepare for futures challenges in the electricity sector associated with the revenue gap in the following months; (2) track the economic … [Read more...] about Monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on electricity: lower demand with different profiles