Comparative Analysis of Natural Gas Cogeneration Incentives on Electricity Production in Latin America

Alejandro Rivera-Alvarez, Julian Osorio, Laura Montoya-Duque, Jose Fontalvo, Edgar Botero, Ana Escudero-Atehortua

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An analysis to assess the influence of country-dependent variables and incentives on the feasibility of natural gas cogeneration projects in Latin America is presented in this work. The analysis is performed using a hypothetical industrial plant, where the cogeneration solution consists in the recovery of waste heat from the power generation for steam production. The feasibility is evaluated by calculating the Return of Investment (ROI) and the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of the project. Eight Latin American countries are studied considering their specific natural gas markets, regulation, and macroeconomic variables. Two scenarios, electricity production for self-consumption and electricity production with power surplus sale, are independently analyzed considering the effects of available incentives. In the countries where the project is feasible, the application of incentives leads to a significant reduction in the ROI and, consequently, to an increment in the IRR. The effect of the interest rate and environmental impact were also analyzed. In general terms, along the region, the regulation for cogeneration is incipient while incentives are very standard and similar respect to lowering of import, Value-Added Tax (VAT), and income taxes, which seems to be designed purely to promote capital investment. Following the results from this study, it is of paramount importance to create new policy instruments in the future to advance the regulatory framework for cogeneration in Latin America.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number111466
Number of pages14
JournalEnergy Policy
StatePublished - 2020

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© 2020 Elsevier Ltd

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5500-74604


  • Comparative analysis
  • Financial evaluation
  • Incentives
  • Natural gas cogeneration
  • Power surplus sale
  • Self-consumption


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