Are we Following the Right Path? Assessment of the Portuguese Electricity Generation on Atmospheric Emissions
Isabel Soares and
European Research Studies Journal, 2012, vol. XV, issue 4, 109-132
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 â€œimpressiveâ€ 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)
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