Developing Countries & Global Climate Change
Electric Power Options for Growth
This report, prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, investigates policy and technology choices in the electric power sector that can lower carbon dioxide and other air emissions, while maintaining or improving economic growth. Policy options presented are (1) including the costs of electricity delivery in new capacity investment decisions, (2) increasing privatization of the electricity sector, (3) using low-emissions technologies (such as natural gas and renewables), (4) participating in international mechanisms or markets to find financing for capital-intensive, lower-CO2-emitting technologies; and (5) creating incentives to improve the efficiency of the existing electricity system. The findings were based on an aggregated analysis; case studies examining power generation in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, and the Republic of Korea are forthcoming.