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Energy Under the Andes: Benefits, Barriers to Development, and Relevant Policy Alternatives for Chile’s Untapped Geothermal Resources

Reed, Andrew (2013) Energy Under the Andes: Benefits, Barriers to Development, and Relevant Policy Alternatives for Chile’s Untapped Geothermal Resources. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Chile is home to 10% of the world’s volcanoes and, according to many scientists and energy experts, is a prime location for geothermal energy development. Yet, to date, Chile has no geothermal plant in production. Despite extremely high energy prices and energy shortages in the country, very little has been done to exploit one of Chile’s most promising energy resources. Through a series of over 30 interviews with government officials, geothermal industry experts, community leaders, and university professors, I will clarify the advantages of geothermal energy in Chile, as well as the barriers to development and the potential policy solutions to diminish those barriers. The most critical barriers identified in this study are: (1) high cost and risk of initial investments, (2) lack direction on energy development and institutional support on the part of the government, and (3) vague elements of the legal and regulatory framework.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorMurtazashvili, Iliaimurtaz@pitt.eduIMURTAZ
Committee MemberLinardi, Seralinardi@pitt.eduLINARDI
Committee MemberGonzalez, MarcelaMAG231@pitt.eduMAG231
Date: 26 June 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 19 April 2013
Approval Date: 26 June 2013
Submission Date: 9 May 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 76
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: MID - Master of International Development
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Latin America, Renewable Energy, Environment, Energy Security
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 19:45
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:12


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