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International Energy and Poverty

The emerging contours, 1st Edition

Edited by Lakshman Guruswamy


354 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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Around 2.8 billion people globally, also known as the "Other Third" or "energy poor", have little or no access to beneficial energy that meets their needs for cooking, heating, water, sanitation, illumination, transportation, or basic mechanical power. This book uniquely integrates the hitherto segmented and fragmented approaches to the challenge of access to energy. It provides theoretical, philosophical and practical analysis of energy for the low energy (non-hydrocarbon based) Other Third of the world, and how the unmet needs of the energy poor might be satisfied. It comprehensively addresses the range of issues relating to energy justice and energy access for all, including affordable - sustainable energy technologies (ASETs).

The book breaks new ground by crafting a unified and cohesive framework for analysis and action that explains the factual and socio-political phenomenon of the energy poor, and demonstrates why clean energy is a primary determinant of their human progress.

This is a must-read for all scholars, students, professionals and policy makers working on energy policy, poverty, and sustainable energy technologies.


"The pieces collected in this volume reflect an ambitious, wide-ranging undertaking. Editor Lakshman Guruswamy has amassed a body of literature addressed to the subject of “energy poverty,” its role in economic development,

its effect on lives in less developed nations, and a survey of international efforts aimed at addressing it.Kudos to Professor Guruswamy and his colleagues for this highly informed and thought-provoking collection. It should prove to be a valuable addition to the academic literature in this developing area, and a good read for interested minds elsewhere."

Jonathan D. Schneider, Energy Law Journal

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Phenomenon of the Energy Poor 1.The Critical Significance of Energy David Stern2.ThePredicament of WomenJoy S. Clancy, Soma Dutta, Nthabiseng Mohlakoana, Ana Rojas, and Margaret Matinga3. Indigenous People: From Energy Poverty to Energy EmpowermentKristen A Carpenter and Jacquelyn Amour Jampolsky Part 2 Conceptual Foundations 4.Energy JusticeLakshman Guruswamy5. Reflections on the Moral Foundations of A Right to EnergyChristian Brugger6. Sustainable Development Ved Nanda7. Energy SecurityMurodbek Laldjebaev, Benjamin K. Sovacool, and Karim-Aly S. Kassam8. Energy Poverty and the EnvironmentCarmen Gonzales Part 3 Assessing the Various Challenges 9. Assessing Challenges to DevelopmentMark Safty10. Behavioral ChallengesMargaret Njirambo Matinga, Joy Clancy, Vincent Doyle and Harold Annegarn11. Measuring Access for Differing NeedsSimon Trace Part 4 The Way Forward 12.Decentralized Power in the ECOWAS regionPradeep Monga13. Green Climate Fund, Sustainable Development Goals, and Energy Access: A New Opportunity for Climate Change and DevelopmentMartin Hiller, Amy Meyer, Andreas Zahner and Katrin Harvey 14. Using Appropriate Sustainable Energy Technologies (ASETs) To Promote Access To Energy For AllJason Aamodt15. Globalization of Markets for ASETsSteve Katsaros & Elizabeth Neville16. Energy for Rural Women: Beyond Energy AccessAnoja Wickramasinghe17. Lessons Learned from Selling Six years of Solar in AfricaDoug Vilsack18. Energy Use and Motive Power in South Asian Energy ProductionArjun Makhijani and Melissa Moore19. Information and Communication TechnologiesRevi Sterling and Matt Hulse20. Model Laws as BlueprintsLakshman Guruswamy

About the Editor

Lakshman Guruswamy is Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Energy Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
LAW / Environmental
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy