After ten years of economic growth, Argentina’s energy generation capabilities have not lived up to the expectations and have struggled to meet demand, forcing the country to import energy. As gas reserves dry up, many think that renewable sources could be the answer to revitalise Argentina’s declining energy generation market.
Although Argentina has enacted some measures towards a more sustainable future in terms of energy, some say it remains behind in efforts towards renewable energy. The Argentina Independent asked a few locals what they think about the government’s efforts towards sustainable energy.
Franco Fernandez, 24, Administrator
There is not a lot of information about alternative energy available to the public. I know, for example, there are coal mines in the north but other than that, not much. I don’t think there is a lot of political action to push for more sustainable energy. I think [the government] should do more, like other countries in the region. Ecuador, Venezuela, and Brazil for instance, invest a lot more in solar, and invest a lot more in wind. In Argentina, these sources exist but is not thought of as that important. I think solar would be the best source for Argentina to begin investing in. There is a lot wind in some regions as well.
Odra Madrid, 18, Teacher
Many people do not know about what the government is doing, if anything, towards sustainable energy. They should do more, or at least inform the public if they are doing something. I think they must be doing something but most people are not aware of it. I think the public should be encouraged to use more sustainable energy at home, like solar.
Cesar Benitez, 48, Lawyer
I think the government should do a little bit more because Argentina is one of the most backwards countries in South America regarding sustainable energy. I think it isn’t just a question of where the energy comes from, but also how the government helps it. The government invests more in some areas and less in others.
Gabriel Shermer, 30, Unemployed
I don’t know if this country has a sustainable alternative at the moment. I think we will continue using oil and keep fighting to use it because I haven’t heard of a change. I think Argentina should have an alternative because many other powerful countries do. I think the fact that it hasn’t changed has a lot to do with money and politics. It is expensive to change, but I think the government should invest more in hydroelectric and other forms of sustainable energy.
Abigail Toniolo, 18, Student
I don’t think the government does anything. I think they should care more about sustainable energy in Buenos Aires like they do in cities far away. They pay attention to solar and wind in the countryside and in other cities in Argentina, but not as much here in Buenos Aires. It seems like only private companies take the inititive, and the government does not do much to aid the development of alternative energy sources.
Lucas Vitali, 19, Student
I am not very informed about be topic, but I think the government should do more. I think that hydroelectric is the most important form of energy for Argentina. They should expand this and other forms, as well as inform the public on the topic.