Barriers to renewable energy expansion: Ecuador as a case study

Antonio Barragán-Escandón, Darwin Jara-Nieves, Israel Romero Fajardo, Esteban F. Zalamea-Leónesteban, Xavier Serrano-Guerrero

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The growth in electricity consumption and the resulting pollution suggests the need to incorporate clean energy sources. Currently, technological advancement is affected by a series of barriers that prevent the adoption of wind energy and solar photovoltaic energy. This research identifies the main barriers that affect these two technologies in the Ecuadorian context. A triangulation approach is applied through a literature review and a structured survey of expert professionals. The homogeneity in the responses affirms that the lack of an energy policy, regulations, inadequate financing, fuel subsidies, and investor uncertainty are useful factors that must be taken into account by various stakeholders to search for mitigating mechanisms that make new projects feasible. Although several studies have been conducted to identify barriers in other contexts, the characterization of barriers has been shown to depend on the conditions of the study environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100903
JournalEnergy Strategy Reviews
StatePublished - Sep 2022

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Grupo de Investigación en Energía (Energy Research Group), Universidad Politécnica Salesiana (Salesian Polytechnic University) and Universidad de Cuenca (University of Cuenca). It is a component of the research project “Modelado y mediciones de condiciones ambientales interiores e integración de energía solar, para alcanzar el Estándar Net-Zero en Edificaciones FAUC (Modeling and measurements of indoor environmental conditions and integration of solar energy, to achieve the Net-Zero Standard in FAUC Buildings)”.

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  • Ecuador
  • Resource mobilization barriers
  • Technological innovation systems


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