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Are we Following the Right Path? Assessment of the Portuguese Electricity Generation on Atmospheric Emissions

Monica Meireles, Isabel Soares and Oscar Olfonso

European Research Studies Journal, 2012, vol. XV, issue 4, 109-132

Abstract: This paper examines the Portuguese electricity-supply-sector evolution within the EU-27 and its impact on atmospheric emissions. Using a dataset of SO2, NOx, CO2 and particulates emissions for Portuguese thermoelectricity plants between 1990 and 2008, the performed panel data model shows emissions to be a positive function of fossil fuel combustible use. Nevertheless, these results denote a more “impressive†correlation per GWh generated than in other EU countries. They also indicate that only SO2 emissions are a negative function of liberalization, which may be explained by the market power of the incumbent that does not feel threatened to adopt environmental improvements.

Keywords: Electricity Sector; Thermoelectricity Generation; Atmospheric Emissions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q32 Q40 Q53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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