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Title: Calculation of tourist sector electricity consumption and its cost in subsidised insular electrical systems: the case of the Canary Islands, Spain
Authors: De la Nuez Pestana, Ignacio Agustín 
Osorio Acosta, Javier 
UNESCO Clasification: 531205 Energía
531290 Economía sectorial: turismo
Keywords: Energy consumption
Consumo de energía
Issue Date: 2019
Journal: Energy Policy 
Abstract: The Canary Islands is a European archipelago whose principal economic activity is international tourism. Due to its geographic isolation, it does not have any connection with continental electricity grids. The Spanish state subsidises the extra cost of electrical energy generation in isolated systems. The purpose of this study is to quantify the proportion of the electricity bill that corresponds to tourist activity that is being subsidised. With this aim, three complementary methodologies have been developed. These tools could also be used in similar environments. The results reveal an average tourist sector consumption in the study years (2014-2017) between 12.8% and 16.5% of the total amount of electricity generated in the archipelago, with a monetary value of Spanish state subsidy estimated in (sic)143.5 M in the year 2014. Additionally, a calculation was made of the values of CO2 emissions due to tourist electricity consumption for the years of the study period, with an estimated peak of 1.1 MtCO(2) in 2017. From the point of view of energy policy, these results could be used to justify the adoption of various types of compensatory measures, including ecotaxes to be paid by the tourist visitor.
ISSN: 0301-4215
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.06.032
Source: Energy Policy[ISSN 0301-4215],v. 132, p. 839-853
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