Using Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Systems to Empower Developing Countries

By Benjamin Sovacool.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper argues that distributed photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, and small hydroelectric facilities can politically empower communities, reduce morbidity and morality, and help developing countries move towards energy independence.

Keywords: Distributed generation, Renewable energy systems, Energy policy, Biomass, Drinking water

International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.77-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 792.653KB).

Benjamin Sovacool

Benjamin K. Sovacool is a PhD student in science and technology studies at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He serves as a research analyst for the Consortium on Energy Restructuring where he is currently working on a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Electric Power Networks Efficiency and Security Program investigating the social and legal impediments to renewable energy systems. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research in Blacksburg, Virginia, where is coauthoring a report on the use of renewable energy systems in Virginia. He has been awarded a summer internship at the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies, where he will be working on renewable energy systems at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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