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Iran’s Renewable Energy Sector Poised for Growth

Higher energy costs should be a boost for Iran’s renewable energy.
A general view shows smog over northwestern Tehran November 23, 2010. Tehran is choking. Gridlock on urban highways makes the city feel more like Los Angeles than the Middle East, while adding a toxic yellow halo of smog to otherwise perennially blue skies. Picture taken November 23, 2010. To match feature IRAN-METRO/  REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT CITYSCAPE) - RTXVHZE
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Despite sanctions, as well as political and economic hiccups, Iran remains a sizable economy with its own energy dynamics. Not just because of its vast hydrocarbon resource base, but also because of its desire to be the region’s top technological and economic powerhouse, Iran is compelled to attend to the question of how to provide for the energy needed to fuel economic and industrial growth.

Presently, Iranian developments are heavily influenced by external sanctions and internal subsidy reforms. Within the framework of the subsidy reforms, which started in December 2010, it has been envisaged that all blanket subsidies would be removed by the end of 2015 with the objective of elevating the cost of energy to about 90% of regional fuel costs, increasing energy efficiency and making Iranian industry more competitive on the international stage.

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