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This paper deals with how to promote distributed generation (DG) done with renewable energy (RE) in emerging markets of Latin American & the Carribean (LAC), with the purpose of increasing competitiveness & achieving sustainable economic growth. It also argues that the key rationale for promoting renewable DG in LAC is to reduce the cost of electricity for a country as a whole. The paper examines four case studies (Jamaica, Barbados, Mexico, & Chile) to assess what these countries are or are not doing, and why, in promoting renewable DG, and finds that they have some viable options for renewable DG plants on a commercial scale. To conclude, the paper makes five recommendations on how to promote cost-effective distributed RE that can contribute to the competitiveness and growth of emerging markets in LAC.


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Inter-American Development Bank