Economic Policy Evaluation for the Deployment of Alternative Energy Sources in Brazil
FCN Working Paper No. 13/2015
43 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2016 Last revised: 26 Sep 2016
Date Written: October 1, 2015
In this paper we present an economic evaluation of scenarios for the future Brazilian power sector. We regard different paths for the capacity expansion with alternative energy sources aiming at the economically efficient diversification of the electricity mix. The scenarios are constructed in light of specific features of the Brazilian energy system, such as its enormous storage capacity, the imminent depletion of hydropower potential, and design characteristics of the regulated market. The economic relationships of the electricity generation sector are illustrated by micro‐economic models of industrial organization theory, parameterized with observed data from energy auctions and official market projections.
Keywords: Power system planning, energy transition policy, renewable energy
JEL Classification: D4, L1, Q42, Q48
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