Barriers to the Transfer of Low-carbon Electricity Generation Technologies in Four Latin American Countries

This article discusses the conclusions of four national Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) processes in
Latin America (2011-2013), as applied to the electricity sector. The primary focus is on the financial and
economic barriers identified by countries to the transfer of prioritized low-carbon energy technologies.
While many electricity markets in Latin America were liberalized during the 1990s and 2000s, such
market-driven reform policies were far from uniform and in reality there exist a diversity of governance
frameworks for national electricity markets, exemplified here by Argentina, Cuba, Costa Rica and the
Dominican Republic. As such, we compare the identified barriers against the key characteristics of the
national electricity sectors and natural resource base, in order to evaluate the relative significance of these
barriers. In doing so, we make an indicative contribution to the debate about the relationship between
financial and economic barriers to technology transfer and electricity market structures, based on a new
round of country-driven priorities and analysis, in support of the UNFCCC process on climate change

Authors:Denis DR Desgain, James Arthur Haselip
Published year:2015
Content type:Journal article
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