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Sustainable, reliable, and diversified energy for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Sector Framework Initiatives Projects at a Glance
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At the IDB we are committed to supporting countries across the region in achieving a just, inclusive, low-carbon, and resilient energy transition. Our goal is not only to increase the region’s competitiveness but also the quality of its citizens. The Energy Division oversees the preparation of energy policies, strategies, operational guidelines and sector programs; conducts relevant research and analysis work, best practices and case studies in the sector; and provides specialized sectoral technical support to activities and operations in borrowing member countries.

Universal access to high-quality, affordable, and inclusive services.​

Decarbonization, job creation, value chains, and resilience of services.

Intelligent and digital sector transformation.

Institutional and regulatory framework.

Advantages of the Latin America and Caribbean region

Energy plays a crucial role in economic and social development and is indispensable in the battle against climate change. It underpins most human activities, making it an integral part of our daily lives. Energy services not only power our personal lives but also function as crucial inputs within the production and supply chains of various businesses. The quality, or a lack thereof, of these services can significantly impact a company's cost structure and, subsequently, its competitiveness within the business ecosystem.

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Research support

Latin America and the Caribbean has the cleanest electricity matrix worldwide, but the process of decarbonization needs to be accelerated. The participation of renewable sources in the region's electricity matrix reached 61%, a figure higher than that of any other region, and nearly twice the global average, which stands at 29%.

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Opportunities for national and international energy integration

The energy transition must be just and sustainable. The challenge of this transition lies in the massive adoption of renewable energy sources in the electricity matrix, such as solar and wind. This involves managing their variability and intermittency while always ensuring service security and reliability. At the same time, the decarbonization process presents an opportunity for economic transformation. This can be achieved through the creation of new jobs, the emergence of new industries, and by reducing the exposure of countries in the region to price shocks in energy commodities. 

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Our Projects

Achieving universal coverage for electricity services remains an outstanding challenge and will be fundamental to ensuring a just transition. While the region has made significant efforts over the past decades to bridge the gap between urban and rural areas and to increase access to electricity services, much work remains to attain universal coverage. Nearly 17 million people still lack access to electricity services across countries in the region.

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Ensuring universal access

Ensuring universal access to modern energy services has far-reaching social and economic benefits for society; our region is very close to achieving universal access in electricity. IDB is committed to working with our member countries to connect the last five percent or 30 million people who lack access to electricity.

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BIF 2023: One of Main Investment Forums in Latin America Takes Place in Brasilia 
International investors will explore business opportunities in Brazil during the Brasil Investment Forum, to be held November 7 and 8 at the Palácio Itamaraty. The event is a partnership between the IDB, the Federal Government of Brazil, and ApexBrasil, the country’s export- and investment-promotion...
October 30, 2023
IDB Finances Bolivian Program for Universal Access to Electricity in Rural Areas
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $200 million loan and a $2 million grant to support a Bolivian program to universalize electricity service in rural areas. It aims to expand access to basic electricity, promote productive uses of energy with a gender focus, and bolster...
October 13, 2023
IDB Backs Program for Universal Access to Electricity in El Salvador
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a Conditional Credit Line for Investment Projects of up to $180 million and an initial $93 million individual loan under that credit line to help El Salvador make a just energy transition. The operation also seeks to reach universal electricity...
October 11, 2023
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Energy for the Future Learning from Korea’s push on renewable energy and green hydrogen

During the first week of September 2023, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Korea Energy Agency (KEA) welcomed a delegation from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, and Uruguay to the “2023 IDB-KEA Training Program on Renewable Energy and Green Hydrogen” in South Korea.

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Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is prepared to play a pivotal role in the global energy transition through the adoption of green hydrogen (GH2). With an abundance of renewable energy resources, the region has the potential to become a leader in GH2 production and utilization.

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Ensure availability and sustainable management of water, sanitation and solid waste services for all.

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