Economic Analysis of Ilumex a Project to Promote Energy-Efficient Residential Lighting in Mexico

Publication Type

Journal Article

Date Published

02/1994

LBNL Report Number

LBL-34877 Preprint

Abstract

A higher penetration of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for household lighting can reduce growth in peak electricity demand, reduce sales of subsidized electricity, and lessen environmental impacts. This paper describes an economic analysis of a project designed to promote high penetration rates of CFLs in two cities in Mexico. Our analysis indicates that the project will bring substantial net economic benefits to Mexico, the utility, and the average customer. In the absence of any subsidy to CFLs, most customers will see a payback period longer than two years. By sharing some of the anticipated net benefit, CFE, the utility company, can reduce the payback period to a maximum of two years for all customers. CFE's role is thus crucial to the successful implementation of the project. Expanding the Ilumex project to a Mexico-wide programme would make a significant contribution towards meeting the planned addition of generation capacity by the year 2000.

Journal

Energy Policy

Volume

22

Year of Publication

1994

Short Title

Energy Policy

Refereed Designation

Refereed

ISSN

03014215

Issue

2

Pagination

163 - 171

Other Numbers

UC-000