The Challenge of Rural Electrification
Strategies for Developing Countries
By (author) Douglas F. Barnes
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Challenge of Rural Electrification by Douglas F. Barnes
Book DescriptionDouglas 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781933115436
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Resources for the Future Press (RFF Press)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 11-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Douglas F. Barnes
Urban Household Energy Transition, Paperback (July 2005)» View all books by Douglas F. Barnes
Demonstrates that 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. This book assesses the energy transition as it occurs in urban households, drawing upon data collected by the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP).
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Author Biography - Douglas F. Barnes
Douglas F. Barnes is a senior energy specialist in the Energy Strategy Management Assistance Program of the Energy and Water Department of the World Bank, and a senior research scientist in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland. Also by Douglas F. Barnes, The Urban Household Energy Transition: Social and Environmental Impacts in the Developing World.
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