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Comparative Analysis of the Energy Balances and Forecasts for Bolivia, Chile and Brazil

The analysis of energy systems shows several similarities in the production and consumption of energy in Bolivia, Chile and Brazil.

I.e. the analysis of primary energy shows that Bolivia has a high capacity for production, especially of natural gas, that exceeds its consumption and is destined mainly for exportation. Chile showed energy consumption higher than that of Bolivia, but its production of primary energy is very limited, which forces the country to import high volumes of energy (more than 50% of its energy consumption is imported).Brazil produces a significant amount of primary energy that nevertheless does not completely satisfy demand and therefore requires the country to import fuels. An interesting aspect of primary production in Brazil is that it is highly diversified in terms of renewable and non-renewable sources.

Even though primary energy production in Chile is less than in Bolivia, consumption of secondary energy in Chile is much higher than that in Bolivia. Generally, the consumption of secondary energy is dominated by diesel, electricity and petrol, except in Brazil, where the consumption of these fuels is destined primarily for the transport sector, followed by the industrial sector and the residential sector in all three countries.
At the same time, it was possible to verify the high dependence in the domestic consumption of these countries upon non-renewable fossil fuels, since they account for over 80% of total consumption.

Electricity generation in Bolivia and Chile currently has a very similar structure, since in both countries, 60% of generation is thermoelectric and 40% is hydroelectric. This implies a style of electricity generation that is intensive in the use of fossil fuels (gas, diesel and coal) and affects the environment. Nevertheless, the most remarkable aspect of the Brazilian energy mix, besides its high sugar cane alcohol consumption by vehi cles, is its high capacity for hydroelectric generation and the introduction of wind power generation, which combined, represent almost 70% of total electricity generation in the country. Compared to the rest of the world, the electricity generation mix in Brazil is highly clean and efficient.

Read more about the complete comparative analysis regarding:

  • Primary Energy
  • Secondary Energy
  • Total Gross Internal Supply (TGIS)
  • Electricity Generation
  • Exports and Imports
  • Trending Scenario (Business as Usual) and Mitigation Scenario
  • Conclusions


Analysis: Comparative Analysis of the Energy Balances and Forecasts for Bolivia, Chile and Brazil

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Análise Comparativa dos Balanços Energéticos e Previsões para a Bolívia, Chile e Brasil

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Análisis comparativo de las previsiones y los balances energéticos de Bolivia, Chile y Brasil

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