A community based approach to universal energy access

Tam Kemabonta, Daniel M. Kammen

The Electricity Journal
February 13, 2021

Abstract: In this paper we present an alternative approach to addressing the problem of energy poverty. The private and community ownership in electricity factors of production, economic calculation, and the incentive for innovation through the price mechanism are discussed. A brief analysis on how this new approach can be used to address energy access problems in energy poor communities is done. Cases studies of the Nigerian off-grid mini-grid industry and the Ecoblock pilot project in California in the United States are discussed.



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Dan Kammen

Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
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