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Are we Following the Right Path? Assessment of the Portuguese Electricity Generation on Atmospheric Emissions


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  • Monica Meireles
  • Isabel Soares
  • Oscar Olfonso


This paper examines the Portuguese electricity-supply-sector evolution within the EU-27 and its impact on atmospheric emissions. Using a dataset of SO2, NOx, CO2 and particulates emissions for Portuguese thermoelectricity plants between 1990 and 2008, the performed panel data model shows emissions to be a positive function of fossil fuel combustible use. Nevertheless, these results denote a more “impressive” correlation per GWh generated than in other EU countries. They also indicate that only SO2 emissions are a negative function of liberalization, which may be explained by the market power of the incumbent that does not feel threatened to adopt environmental improvements.

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Article provided by European Research Studies Journal in its journal European Research Studies Journal.

Volume (Year): XV (2012)
Issue (Month): Special Issue on Energy ()
Pages: 109-132

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Handle: RePEc:ers:journl:v:xv:y:2012:i:sie:p:109-132

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Keywords: Electricity Sector; Thermoelectricity Generation; Atmospheric Emissions;

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