Call for contributions: The regulation and policy of Latin American energy transitions

CALL FOR CHAPTERS

Edited by Lucas Noura Guimarães, PhD

Lawyer, consultant and researcher in the field of Energy Law & Policy, having published a number of books, chapters and articles on energy regulation, energy security, insertion of renewable energy sources, disruptive technologies and intersection of Energy Law and Environmental Law.

The editor can be contacted via email: lucasnoura@hotmail.com

Why a book on Latin American energy transitions?

Energy power systems are facing a historical paradigm shift regarding how electricity is generated, transmitted and supplied to consumers. Power systems were designed to transmit electricity uni-directionally in high voltage from big power plants to consumers. In such a configuration, (few) large power plants were located far away from the load center, requiring high-voltage transmission lines to take energy to distribution networks, which delivered it in lower voltage to consumers. Within this scenario, consumers were passive, distribution utilities were only responsible to forecast load and make investments according to demand expansion.

This is rapidly changing, especially due to environmental pressures and the expansion of renewable energy sources, followed by the introduction of disruptive technologies, the change of roles of the constituted energy actors and the emergence of new ones.

Energy transitions is becoming an important interdisciplinary field of study, responsible to address the many ways under which the energetic status quo of a given country and/or energy system is altered, as well as to assess the social, economic and environmental changes that such transition encompasses.

Despite the attention that this topic is receiving worldwide, especially in Europe, Latin American governments and society still lack the sense of urgency promoted by environmental pressures and the dependence of finite oil. The abundance of renewable energies in Latin America should be a driver for energy transitions and not a reason to justify its postponement.

What this book intends to achieve?

The regulation and policy of Latin American energy transitions examines the energy revolution through which the Latin American energy landscape is/should be going through. It aims to contribute in making energy transition a scholarly field, but also fosters a research and policy agenda that can guide the way towards the implementation of an environmental-friendly, cost-effective and socially acceptable Latin American energy transition.

This book intends to fill an important gap in energy transition literature, since the unique renewable-rich Latin America makes it an interesting case on how – or if – energy transitions can scale up to another level. Moreover, a late Latin American energy transition has a smaller learning curve, in comparison to vanguard countries, benefiting from the trial-and-error experience from predecessor countries, bringing new regulatory possibilities worth analyzing.

Which research areas does the book cover?

Chapters designed to explore which regulatory, legal and policy frameworks are making room for the energy transitions in Latin American countries, what is still hampering progress in this direction and how future policies may drive a complete transition in a renewable-rich Latin America are welcome.

Chapters dealing with the social, economic and environmental aspects of energy transitions are especially welcome, to verify if and how inequalities are being affected by energy transitions.

Case studies and business models are also addressed in the book.

Mostly welcome are contributions in the following research areas: distributed generation and prosumption; demand response management; insertion of batteries into the grid; electric vehicles and Vehicle-to-Grid solutions; energy efficiency measures and the nonsumers; smart metering and the protection of consumer’s personal data; Internet of Things and its appliance in energy services; blockchain in energy trade and transactions; smart grid solutions against energy theft and other electrical losses; cyberattacks, terrorism and the future of technology security in the power sector; new energy actors; how to charge for energy services; community energy: cooperatives and other case studies; regulation of microgrids and their interaction with the network; smart cities and urban environments; social movements towards an environmental-friendly energy transition; what’s left for big utilities business model?; is natural gas (or biogas) part of the transition?

Chapter instructions

Contributions are expected to be originalunpublished and bring provoking ideas and insights, addressing critical aspects of the subject matter.

Please send chapter proposals/abstracts or expressions of interest to the editor (lucasnoura@hotmail.comas soon as possible and no later than December 1st 2018.

Please consider that the book has a limited number of chapters/pages and proposals/abstracts will only be welcome until this limit is reached.

When sending your chapter proposal/abstract, please include: your name (indicate co-authors), email and website address and affiliation.

Each chapter will be about 6,000 to 8.000 words in length (including references), written in English.

First drafts of completed chapters are expected by April 1st, 2019, to the editor for review.

Second drafts are expected by June 1st, 2019 and a final draft is due to the editor by July 1st, 2019.

Failure to deliver on schedule may result in chapter not being included in the book.

Detailed instructions and guidelines on preparing the chapter are given individually to contributors, as the proposals/abstracts are submitted.


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