Distributed Power Generation in National Rural Electrification Plans: An International and Comparative Evaluation

Energy Research and Social Science, Forthcoming

22 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2018

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Siyuan Ma

Columbia University

Johannes Urpelainen

Johns Hopkins SAIS

Date Written: April 2, 2018

Abstract

As the cost of distributed power generation continues to decrease, technologies such as solar home systems and micro-grids become increasingly attractive in the quest for energy access. Here we show, however, that national rural electrification planning mostly continues to ignore distributed power generation. A detailed review of the national rural electrification plans of the twenty countries with the largest numbers of non-electrified households shows that distributed power generation is usually absent or at best a minor component of the strategy. Our original contribution is thus to show where and how national rural electrification planning lags behind technology and business models, with guidelines for future research on explaining these patterns.

Keywords: rural electrification; distributed energy; energy access; energy policy

Suggested Citation

Ma, Siyuan and Urpelainen, Johannes, Distributed Power Generation in National Rural Electrification Plans: An International and Comparative Evaluation (April 2, 2018). Energy Research and Social Science, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3154662

Siyuan Ma

Columbia University ( email )

New York

Johannes Urpelainen (Contact Author)

Johns Hopkins SAIS ( email )

1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1984
United States

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