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Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions

Antoine Halff, Benjamin K. Sovacool, and Jon Rozhon


This volume examines all aspects of energy poverty—lack of access to electricity, modern energy services, and mechanical power. Close to one quarter of humanity still lives without electricity or other modern forms of energy¸ while as much as a third of the world’s population still relies at least in part on traditional biofuels such as cow dung or firewood, at great cost to its health, security, and economic welfare. Part I considers definition and measurement issues and takes stock of the problem—surveying the issue, assessing its scope, proposing a methodology to measure the size of the wor ... More

Keywords: cookstoves, developing nations, electricity, energy access, energy policy, energy poverty, health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682362
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antoine Halff, editor
International Energy Agency

Benjamin K. Sovacool, editor
Professor of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University; Director of the Center for Energy Technology, AU-Herning; Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Jon Rozhon, editor
Senior Researcher, Canadian Energy Research Institute; President, Oak Leaf Energy Training

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Introduction: The End of Energy Poverty

Antoine Halff, Benjamin K. Sovacool, and Jon Rozhon

Part I Taking Stock of Energy Poverty

3 The Development Impact of Energy Access

Douglas F. Barnes, Hussain Samad, and Sudeshna Ghosh Banerjee

4 The World Bank’s Perspective on Energy Access

Sudeshna Ghosh Banerjee, Mikul Bhatia, Elisa Portale, Ruchi Soni, and Nicolina Angelou

6 Energy Poverty and Public Health

Kalpana Balakrishnan, Zoë Chafe, Tord Kjellstrom, Thomas E. McKone, and Kirk R. Smith

7 Energy and Gender

Barbara C. Farhar, Beth Osnes, and Elizabeth A. Lowry

8 Beyond Basic Access

Morgan Bazilian, Ryan Economy, Patrick Nussbaumer, Erik Haites, Kandeh K. Yumkella, Mark Howells, Minoru Takada, Dale S. Rothman, and Michael Levi

9 Energy and Water

Allan Hoffman

Part II Lessons Learned

10 Striving Towards Development

Wenke Han, Luo Zhihong, and Lijuan Fan

11 Indian Approaches to Energy Access

Debajit Palit, Subhes C. Bhattacharyya, Akanksha Chaurey

12 Modern Energy Services to Low-Income Households in Brazil

Gilberto M. Jannuzzi and José Goldemberg

14 Energy Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Abeeku Brew-Hammond,Gifty Serwaa Mensah, and Owusu Amponsah

16 Is Small Beautiful?

Phil LaRocco

Part III Challenges and Policy Options

18 The Energy Access Practitioner Network

Richenda Van Leeuwen and Yasemin Erboy Ruff

19 The Energy Plus Approach

Thiyagarajan Velumail, Chris Turton, and Nick Beresnev

21 Alleviating Energy Poverty in Africa

Leila Benali and Andy Barrett

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