Is Libya's energy future green?

Due-Gundersen, Nicolai (2013) Is Libya's energy future green? Geopolitical Monitor, ISSN (online) 1927-3045


This opinion piece explores how Libya can merge its nascent renewable energy sector with the recovery of its hydrocarbon industry through a framework that treats both sectors as complementary rather than as separate entities. With the return of certain oil firms that already have a well-established knowledge of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), it may be possible for the Libyan state to create energy arrangements that see oil companies gain access to coveted oil and gas fields in exchange for assistance in not only modernizing Libya's hydrocarbon infrastructure but starting a CSP program that could see Libya reduce domestic hydrocarbon consumption. In the long run, the sale of excess electricity to Europe may also be possible.

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