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The Challenge of Rural Electrification: Strategies for Developing Countries
     

The Challenge of Rural Electrification: Strategies for Developing Countries

by Douglas F. Barnes
 

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ISBN-10: 1933115440

ISBN-13: 9781933115443

Pub. Date: 03/01/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Douglas 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

Overview

Douglas 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933115443
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
RFF Press Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Figures and Tables     vii
Preface and Acknowledgements     xi
Contributors     xv
The Challenge of Rural Electrification   Douglas F. Barnes     1
The Cooperative Experience in Costa Rica   Gerald Foley     18
Power and Politics in the Philippines   Gerald Foley   Jose D. Logarta, Jr.     45
Rural Poverty and Electricity Challenges in Bangladesh   Daniel B. Waddle     74
Public Distribution and Electricity Problem Solving in Rural Thailand   Voravate Tuntivate   Douglas F. Barnes     102
From Central Planning to Decentralized Electricity Distribution in Mexico   Luis E. Gutierrez-Poucel     132
Electricity and Multisector Development in Rural Tunisia   Elizabeth Cecelski   Joy Dunkerley   Ahmed Ounalli   Moncef Aissa     163
Rural Electricity Subsidies and the Private Sector in Chile   Joseph Andrew McAllister   Daniel B. Waddle     198
National Support for Decentralized Electricity Growth in Rural China   Xiangjun Yao   Douglas F. Barnes     225
The New Deal for Electricity in the United States, 1930-1950   Paul Wolman     259
Electricity for Social Development in Ireland   Michael J. Shiel     293
Meeting the Challenge of Rural Electrification   Douglas F. Barnes     313
References     329
Index     337

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