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Alleviating Urban Energy Poverty in Latin America

This regional study entitled Alleviating Urban Energy Poverty in Latin America is comprised of three case studies, which concentrate on Greater Buenos Aires, Caracas and Rio de Janeiro - Cajú. Each case focuses on the analysis of specific aspects of urban poverty, energy availability and policies to improve living conditions from the energy point of view. Unlike other developing regions in the world, the problem of energy poverty in Latin America has been concentrated increasingly in the large cities and urban areas. This problem has deep systemic, economic, political, structural and cultural roots.

Providing basic energy services to the urban poor is an issue that requires far more attention and expertise than it is receiving today, and therefore WEC has taken the initiative to address this issue, and the results of their study are presented in this Report.

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