Renewable energy policy and legitimacy: A developing country case

Juan L. Espinoza, Edgar A. Barragán

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This paper analyzes some policies to promote renewable energy technologies in order to level the playing field in the energy sector. It is argued that although there are several energy policy options to be considered, their successful implementation depends on specific market and institutional contexts in any given country. Ecuador´s electricity sector is presented as a case study. By extending the concept of industry legitimacy this study makes contributions to institutional and strategic change theories. The Ecuadorian case has important implications for policy makers and energy managers because it shows how a renewable energy industry can be developed in a regulated electricity market.

Original languageEnglish
Article number306
Pages (from-to)354-360
Number of pages7
JournalRenewable Energy and Power Quality Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 2013

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© 2013, European Association for the Development of Renewable Energy, Environment and Power Quality (EA4EPQ). All rights reserved.


  • Ecuador
  • Institutional factors
  • Legitimacy
  • Renewable energy policy
  • Sustainability


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