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Energy Subsidies in Argentina Lead to Inequalities and Low Thermal Efficiency
Research Institute on Biodiversity and Environment (INIBIOMA), CONICET and Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Centro Regional Universitario Bariloche, 8400 Bariloche, RN, Argentina
Received: 15 July 2009; in revised form: 3 September 2009 / Accepted: 3 September 2009 / Published: 8 September 2009
Abstract: Natural gas is the main energy resource for buildings in Argentina. Since 2002, subsidies have kept the prices of this fuel between 9 and 26 times lower than regular prices in other countries. The lowest prices are the result of climate-related subsidies. In cold areas, heating uses several times more energy than locations in Europe with a similar climate. A potential for consumption reductions of up to 70% suggests a very low building thermal performance. The main barriers to finding a solution are the heavy subsidies and public unawareness. Users, government officials, and construction professionals do not identify the very low thermal efficiency. Energy policies to encourage improvements are proposed.
Keywords: energy subsidies; thermal efficiency; improvements; savings
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González, A.D. Energy Subsidies in Argentina Lead to Inequalities and Low Thermal Efficiency. Energies 2009, 2, 769-788.
González AD. Energy Subsidies in Argentina Lead to Inequalities and Low Thermal Efficiency. Energies. 2009; 2(3):769-788.
González, Alejandro D. 2009. "Energy Subsidies in Argentina Lead to Inequalities and Low Thermal Efficiency." Energies 2, no. 3: 769-788.