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Global EnergyIssues, Potentials, and Policy Implications$
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Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.001.0001

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Energy access and development in the twenty-first century

Energy access and development in the twenty-first century

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(p.148) 8 Energy access and development in the twenty-first century
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Global Energy
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Xavier Lemaire

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.003.0009

Increasing energy access is recognized as a priority contribution to development. Innovative approaches to providing energy access have been successfully tried, and business models for the dissemination of decentralized renewable energies could be ready for large-scale replication. The decrease in the cost of some renewable energy technologies, the arrival of new technologies like LEDs, and the widespread use of mobile phones—which are used for micro-banking in developing countries—are drastically reducing the cost of access to basic energy services. Electrification seems to be entering a new era of massive diffusion of basic systems like solar lanterns. Mini-grids with hybrid generation can supply remote villages in a cost-effective way. But the quality control and the maintenance of these systems are still an issue for the long-term sustainability of these markets.

Keywords:   micro-banking, mobile phones, pico-photovoltaic, mini-grids, energy access, development

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