Using Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Systems to Empower Developing Countries
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.
||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.
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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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