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The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128195215, 9780128195659

The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions

1st Edition

Editor: Lucas Noura Guimarães
Paperback ISBN: 9780128195215
eBook ISBN: 9780128195659
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 19th February 2020
Page Count: 396
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The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions examines the ongoing revolution within the energy landscape of Latin America. This book includes real-world examples from across the continent to demonstrate the current landscape of energy policy in Latin America. It focuses on distributed energy resources, including distributed generation, energy efficiency and microgrids, but also addresses the role of less common energy sources, such as geothermal and biogas, as well as discusses the changing role of energy actors, where consumers become prosumers or prosumagers, and utilities become service providers. The legal frameworks that are still hampering the transformation of the energy landscape are explored, together with an analysis of the economic, planning-related and social aspects of energy transitions, which can help address the issue of how inequalities are affecting and being affected by energy transitions.

The book is suitable for policy makers, lawyers, economists and social science professionals working with energy policy, as well as researchers and industry professionals in the field. It is an ideal source for anyone involved in energy policy and regulation across Latin America.

Key Features

  • Reviews key legal and policy features defining success and failure within the diverse Latin American energy transitions
  • Provides clear descriptions and comparisons of current and potential future policy frameworks in Latin America across differing social, economic, geo-political and policy contexts
  • Analyzes the potential role of new technologies and practices in developing the region’s energy economy
  • Poses key regulatory challenges and possible means to finance the envisioned transitions


Policy makers and regulators. Early career researchers investigating the field of energy transitions. Lawyers and economists in the field of energy law and policy. Energy practitioners, especially solar panel manufacturers, wind farms, battery producers, smart meter producers. Companies interested in investing in the energy economy of Latin America. Members of the automobile industry, relating to electric vehicles and charging stations. Think-tanks specialized in Energy Policy and energy regulation. Energy departments of multilateral organizations and institutions, such as IADB, IMF, World Bank, IEA and other development agencies. NGOs interested in the energy-environment nexus.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Changing the energy landscape: Policy and economic issues
1. Is there a Latin American electricity transition? A snapshot of intra-regional differences
2. Using market mechanisms for a reliable energy transition in Latin America
3. Assessing the macroeconomic effects of sustainable energy transitions in Costa Rica and Chile: A multi-sectoral balance of payments constrained growth approach
4. Energy (and climate) challenges in South America: What planning for what transition?
5. Prompting an energy transition: How policy entrepreneurs passed Peru’s first renewable energy legislation for the grid
6. The challenges and contradictions of Peru’s Proyecto Masivo de Energía Solar

Part 2: Energy transition taking shape: Regulatory issues
7. The prosumer protection in Latin America: A requirement for an energy transition
8. Challenges of South American energy transition: Energy efficiency and distributed generation
9. Urban microgrids: benefits, challenges and business models
10. Regulatory aspects of energy efficiency in Uruguay
11. The Ecuadorian energy matrix: From a fossil dependency to a renewable production
12. Environmental impact assessment and public participation of geothermal energy projects: The cases of Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico
13. Competitive renewables as the key to energy transition - RenovaBio: The Brazilian biofuel regulation
14. The role and impacts of policies in hampering the biogas transition in Brazil

Part 3: Boosting energy transition: Socio-technical issues
15. Foresight for Chile's energy transition: Unleashing societal transformations
16. Integrating social and justice dimensions to energy transitions: The case of Mexico
17. The role of social resistance in shaping energy transition policy in Mexico: The case of wind power in Oaxaca
18. Energy transition in isolated communities of the Brazilian Amazon
19. An inclusive and participative model for energy transition in Latin America: The case of Chilean Generacion Comunitaria


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About the Editor

Lucas Noura Guimarães

Lucas Noura Guimarães is a consultant in Energy law with more than a decades’ experience in the private and public sectors, working in the power generation, transmission, distribution and trade segments on tariff revisions, environmental assessment, generation and transmission concessions, R&D, power trade, taxes in the power sector, among others. He has written articles, studies and book chapters on energy law and policy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Energy Associate Lawyer, Energy Department, EDP Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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