Energy transitions in Latin America through the lens of vulnerability and resilience: Insights from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico

Adolfo Mejia-Montero, Nairo Ruperto Leon-Rodriguez, Beatriz Lorenzo-Yera, David Diaz-Florian, Harriet Thomson, Tiare Robles-Bonilla, José Grabiel Luis-Cordova, Juan Manuel Romero-Bravo, Karla Graciela Cedano-Villavicencio, Yanelys Delgado-Triana

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The call for a global energy transition represents a common front in which most countries around the world can jointly engage and collaborate to reduce the shared threat of climate change. However, such a global energy transition toward a low-carbon future involves a myriad of interconnected national processes in which each country strives for the sociotechnical restructuring of its own energy systems, including the way they generate power or electricity. At the same time, structural processes of transition open the opportunity to build energy systems that are not only low-carbon but also more resilient, ideally reducing technical, social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities at different scales, from the household to the systems level. Through examination of Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico, this chapter unpacks the relevance of energy resilience and energy vulnerability as supporting concepts in understanding energy transitions, focusing on the understudied region of Latin America. In doing so, the chapter evaluates how energy generation and consumption have recently evolved in the aforementioned countries. Such analysis is complemented by a discussion of examples of energy resilience or vulnerability in the context of each national power system engaging in low-carbon transitions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Energy Transitions
EditorsKathleen Araújo
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781003183020
ISBN (Print)9781032023502
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Environment and Sustainability Handbooks


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