The Energy Plus Approach

Thiyagarajan Velumail, Chris Turton and Nick Beresnev

in Energy Poverty

Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9780199682362
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191762925 | DOI:
The Energy Plus Approach

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Energy poverty is a significant contributor to global poverty, social exclusion, and environmental degradation. The provision of energy for household use (lighting, cooking, and heating) improves living standards but does little to increase income and contribute to poverty reduction. Productive uses of energy—including increasing agricultural productivity, establishing new energy-based enterprises, and improving operation of schools, hospitals, and other public services—are more effective in this regard. This chapter discusses an approach which emphasizes productive uses of energy within the context of energy access programmes, termed the ‘Energy Plus’ approach, and highlights a selection of relevant projects in Asia that incorporate this approach into their objectives. These case studies demonstrate the technologies being used to expand energy access as well as the role of different stakeholders needed to make the supply and operation of these technologies and energy services viable.

Keywords: energy access; Energy Plus; productive use; Asia-Pacific; Lao PDR; Bhutan; Nepal; South India; Pakistan; enterprise development

Chapter.  8218 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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