Towards energy sustainability in the world: the implications of energy subsidy for developing countries

Iwaro, Joseph; Mwasha, Abraham
July 2010
International Journal of Energy & Environment;2010, Issue 4, p705
Academic Journal
Energy subsidies are widespread around the world but they vary greatly in importance and type of fuel and country. The fossil fuel consumption rate is growing every year and in about 50 years we will have depleted most of our fossil fuel reserves, so it is necessary to find alternative sources of energy before that happens. However, the only solution to this challenge is through investment on energy conservation programmes and renewable energy source. In line with this challenge and confusion on fund appropriate for energy. This paper is aimed at examining the effect of energy subsidy on energy conservation and renewable energy in developing countries. The study intends to quantify and analysis a case study of Trinidad and Tobago energy subsidy and its implications for developing countries and energy sustainability in the world. Findings show that huge amount investments and government intervention were being expended on energy subsidy in order to lower the price of energy products for consumers. The study further identified implication of this growing subsidy for developing countries and that the funds could be used for creating renewable energy technology and energy conservation programmes.


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