The household sector is a key stakeholder in energy markets, mainly its regulation and policies. Since 1971, electricity and gas demand from Latin American and Caribbean households has more than tripled, outpacing high energy-intensive sectors such as transportation and manufacturing, and reshaping aggregate energy demand. Balancing affordability, quality, and sustainability … [Read more...] about How Do Households Consume Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean?
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
During the last few weeks, we have seen, heard, and read various information, in all possible media, about the pandemic that affects humanity. The impact of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean is beginning to directly affect the lives of the population due to the decisions, both political and economic, that governments have taken in favor of social protection and human … [Read more...] about The electricity sector, a fundamental pillar in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic
The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led the countries of the region to implement different economic and social measures to reduce its impact. The uncertainty caused by the lack of a vaccine, the fast spread of the virus, or the uncertain time it may take to return to a normal routine causes more concern. The immediate priority of governments is to guarantee health … [Read more...] about Keeping the light on: How to ensure electric power services
The crisis caused by the coronavirus reminds us of modern society's dependence on electricity. This reliance is particularly evident in hospitals where electricity is needed to operate fans, refrigerators and other medical equipment; for communication between society and government; for production continuity (through teleworking schemes; education through online studies; and … [Read more...] about Challenges of the energy sector within the Coronavirus crisis