Innovative business models for the scale-up of energy access efforts for the poorest

Zerriffi, H. (2011) Innovative business models for the scale-up of energy access efforts for the poorest. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 3. pp. 272-278.

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Despite years of effort primarily by governments and donors the ability of large portions of the world’s population to access modern and efficient energy services remains out of reach. Roughly 1.5 billion people live without access to electricity and 2.5 billion rely on biomass for their primary cooking fuel, often using highly inefficient and polluting cookstoves. Scaling up the effort to solve this energy-poverty problem requires innovation in service delivery which includes possible changes in both ownership of energy service delivery organizations and the ways in which energy is financed. This paper reviews options for innovative business models to scale up energy access and, in particular, focuses on both producer and consumer-side financing options that can ensure sustainability of energy access efforts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The author would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their useful comments.
Author Affiliation: Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Dr., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 10:45
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 10:45
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