The Challenge of Rural Electrification

Author: Douglas F. Barnes
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 1936331691
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Douglas Barnes and his team of development experts provide an essential guide that can help improve the quality of life to the estimated 1.6 billion rural people in the world who are without electricity. The difficulties in bringing electricity to rural areas are formidable: Low population densities result in high capital and operating costs. Consumers are often poor, and their electricity consumption is low. Politicians interfere with the planning and operations of programs, insisting on favored constituents. Yet, as Barnes and his contributors demonstrate, many countries have overcome these obstacles. The Challenge of Rural Electrification provides lessons from successful programs in Bangladesh, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Philippines, Thailand, and Tunisia, as well as Ireland and the United States. These insights are presented in a format that should be accessible to a broad range of policymakers, development professionals, and community advocates. Barnes and his contributors do not provide a single formula for bringing electricity to rural areas. They do not recommend a specific set of institutional arrangements for the participation of public sector companies, cooperatives, and private firms. They argue instead that successful programs follow a flexible, but still well-defined set of principles: a financially viable plan that clearly accounts for any subsidies; a cooperative relationship between electricity providers and local communities; and an operational separation from day-to-day government and politics.

Global Energy Assessment

Author: GEA Writing Team
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052118293X
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Independent, scientifically based, integrated, policy-relevant analysis of current and emerging energy issues for specialists and policymakers in academia, industry, government.

Tackling Long Term Global Energy Problems

Author: Daniel Spreng
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400723334
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This book makes a case for a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to energy research—one that brings more of the social sciences to bear. Featuring eight studies from across the spectrum of the social sciences, each applying multiple disciplines to one or more energy-related problems, the book demonstrates the strong analytical and policy-making potential of such a broadened perspective. Case studies include: energy transitions of households in developing countries, the ‘curse of oil’, politics and visions for renewables, economics and ethics in emissions trading, and carbon capture and storage.

The Hidden Energy Crisis

Author: Teodoro Sanchez
Publisher: Practical Action Pub
ISBN:
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This book outlines why we have failed so far to extend energy access to the world's poor, and suggests operating models that have greater potential to make a difference.It presents a call to address the energy crisis. It should be read by policy makers in governments and donor agencies, as well as academics, students and programme managers.

Library Journal

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

The Urban Household Energy Transition

Author: Douglas F. Barnes
Publisher: Resources for the Future
ISBN: 1933115076
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As cities in developing countries grow and become more prosperous, energy use shifts from fuelwood to fuels like charcoal, kerosene, and coal, and, ultimately, to fuels such as liquid petroleum gas, and electricity. Energy use is not usually considered as a social issue. Yet, as this book demonstrates, the movement away from traditional fuels has a strong socio-economic dimension, as poor people are the last to attain the benefits of using modern energy. The result is that health risks from the continued use of wood fuel fall most heavily on the poor, and indoor pollution from wood stoves has its greatest effect on women and children who cook and spend much more of their time indoors. Barnes, Krutilla, and Hyde provide the first worldwide assessment of the energy transition as it occurs in urban households, drawing upon data collected by the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP). From 1984-2000, the program conducted over 25,000 household energy surveys in 45 cities spanning 12 countries and 3 continents. Additionally, GIS mapping software was used to compile a biomass database of vegetation patterns surrounding 34 cities. Using this rich set of geographic, biological, and socioeconomic data, the authors describe problems and policy options associated with each stage in the energy transition. The authors show how the poorest are most vulnerable to changes in energy markets and demonstrate how the collection of biomass fuel contributes to deforestation. Their book serves as an important contribution to development studies, and as a guide for policymakers hoping to encourage sustainable energy markets and an improved quality of life for growing urban populations.

Handbuch Energiewende und Partizipation

Author: Lars Holstenkamp
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658094168
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Dieses Handbuch thematisiert in 68 sozial- und geisteswissenschaftlichen Beiträgen die Transformation des Energiesystems in Deutschland und anderen Ländern vor dem Hintergrund zivilgesellschaftlich-ökonomisch-staatlicher Aktivitäten und Entwicklungen. Die so genannte Bürgerenergie beschreibt eine gemeinschaftliche Betreibung von Energieanlagen. Träger können engagierte Bürger sein, aber auch Beteiligungsangebote und Einrichtungen der öffentlichen Hand können zu diesen Formen zählen – jenseits konventioneller Betreibung und Nutzung. Hinzu kommen weitere Formen der Beteiligung, des Austausches und Diskurses von Bürgern, Unternehmen, Staat und Politik im Rahmen der Energiewende. Von Interesse sind dabei nicht nur sozioökonomische und technische Innovationen, sondern auch Effekte, die auf die Gesellschaft ausstrahlen und umgekehrt, wie gesamtgesellschaftliche Trends, die in die Gestaltung der Energiewende integriert werden. Die Darstellungen beschränken sich nicht nur auf die Beschreibung einzelner Entwicklungen im Bereich der Nutzung Erneuerbarer Energien, sondern beziehen sich auch auf angrenzende Bereiche der Energiepolitik, nachhaltiger Ökonomie, lokaler zivilgesellschaftlicher und staatlicher Aktivitäten, Nutzung und Einfluss von Kommunikations- und Medienformen, Technikdiskurse, Konflikte usw.