Energy subsidies are widely used across the globe. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that energy subsidies cost trillions of dollars each year as they are increasingly used due to fiscal constraints, peaks in fuel prices, and the misalignment of incentives with climate change efforts. In addition to the heavy burden, … [Read more...] about Communication Strategies: A Key Element for Energy Subsidy Reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean
Electric mobility is a technological revolution that can greatly impact the electricity and transportation sectors of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). As battery costs continue to decline and business models for deploying electric mobility evolve, electric charging infrastructure will be key to accelerating the energy transition. Energy regulators have a critical role in … [Read more...] about Enabling Electricity Regulatory Framework for the Deployment of Electric Vehicles’ Charging Infrastructure
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.
Among the different impacts of COVID-19 on the energy sector, we have seen a strong impact on prices around the world. For instance, the European power market has experienced record negative prices. The electricity prices depend on the market design and also on structural and conjunctural variables. Understanding how prices are reacting is important for a better understanding … [Read more...] about Electricity prices: the heterogeneous impact of COVID-19 on LAC markets
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