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Antoine Halff, Benjamin K. Sovacool, and Jon Rozhon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682362.001.0001

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The Energy Plus Approach

The Energy Plus Approach

Reducing Poverty with Productive Uses of Energy

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(p.391) 19 The Energy Plus Approach
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Energy Poverty
Author(s):

Thiyagarajan Velumail

Chris Turton

Nick Beresnev

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682362.003.0020

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

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