Renewable Energy

An industry of the future with an old challenge

An industry of the future with an old challenge

The extractive sector and gender gaps. *By Irene Irazábal B. and Natascha Nunes da Cunha The global climate agenda is driving exponential growth in the demand for key metals and minerals for the energy transition[1]. Many of the essential resources to build solar panels, electric cars and all kinds of green technologies abound in Latin …

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Reversible hydroelectric plants: A sleeping giant in Latin America

Reversible hydroelectric plants: A sleeping giant in Latin America

The electrical systems in the world are changing. The so-called “alternative” energies have become the most installed source of electricity in the world, above thermal sources, and surpassing the rate of installation of hydroelectric plants, among renewable energies. Solar energy installation levels are defying even the most optimistic projections, and each new tender brings prices …

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Opportunity for scholarships for women interested in regulating electricity markets: an IDB-ARIAE initiative

Opportunity for scholarships for women interested in regulating electricity markets: an IDB-ARIAE initiative

The Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulatory Entities (ARIAE) and the Energy Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have partnered to award scholarships to women with an interest in regulating electricity markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Three courses will be held, which will be taught in Spanish and virtual. At the IDB we …

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How does the demand for electricity in the countries of the region behave during the post-covid economic recovery?

Transformation of electricity demand

By: Franco Carvajal, Edilberto Matias and Michelle Hallack After more than two years of pandemic, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are returning to a “new normal” thanks to their vaccination plans and an economic revival. As the confinement was so important to stop the spread of infections, the guarantee of the …

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Empowering Electricity Consumers through Demand Response: Why and How?

Empowering Electricity Consumers through Demand Response: Why and How?

The energy transition challenge requires everybody’s involvement and action. Demand Response (DR), a key mechanism for promoting individual action and increasing system efficiency, enhances sustainability through better use of resources, reduces the electricity supply cost and, potentially, increases affordability. Through financial incentives, demand-side programs encourage consumer response and stimulate changes in their electricity consumption. Incentives …

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What is inclusive customer service and why is it important? Learn about the Inclusive Service Guide for People with Disabilities

What is inclusive customer service and why is it important?  Learn about the Inclusive Service Guide for People with Disabilities

13% of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean has at least one disability, this represents some 70 million people. Children with disabilities are 49% more likely to have never attended school (UNICEF, 2021); and despite the fact that 50% of the population with disabilities in the region is of working age, the majority …

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The importance of Latin American mining for the global energy transition

The importance of Latin American mining for the global energy transition

It should come as no surprise that the demand for metals and minerals is set to increase due to the necessary and ongoing energy transition to a low-carbon global economy. Elements such as copper, lithium, manganese, lead and zinc are highly relevant for decarbonisation technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels, wind turbines and smart …

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Impact of regulation on the quality of electricity service in Latin America and the Caribbean

Impact of regulation on the quality of electricity service in Latin America and the Caribbean

The quality of electricity service is essential for human well-being and development. In addition, every day, a quality service becomes more important to guarantee the economic competitiveness of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), in the midst of the advancement of the new industry 4.0 that appears with digitalization. According to the …

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The United Kingdom and the IDB support the entry of renewable energy in Colombia

The United Kingdom and the IDB support the entry of renewable energy in Colombia

In mid-2019, the Sustainable Infrastructure Program of the United Kingdom UK SIP (for its acronym in English) began a technical cooperation agreement with the IDB with the purpose of promoting the integration of non-conventional renewable energies into the Colombian energy matrix. This cooperation made it possible to carry out studies to characterize the wind resource …

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