Thursday, April 1, 2010

Rural Electrification Policies in Brazil, China, India and South Africa

This IEA report is very informative about "country-specific" problem-solving policies taken by four major emerging-economy countries: Brazil, China, India and South Africa.

Niez, A. (2010). Comparative Study on Rural Electrification Policies in Emerging Economies: Keys to Successful Policies. Paris, France: International Energy Agency.


Let us think of these four countries' share of world's energy consumption.

Primary Energy Consumption in 2008

Country Million tonnes oil equivalent Share
Brazil 228.1 2.0%
China 2,002.5 17.7%
India 433.3 3.8%
South Africa 132.3 1.2%
4-Country Total 2,796.2 24.8%
United States 2,299.0 20.4%
European Union 1,728.2 15.3%
OECD 5,508.4 48.8%
Former Soviet Union 1,028.9 9.1%
World Total 11,294.9 100.0%
Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2009

1 comment:

  1. This is an outstanding highly detailed review of rural electrification in the four countries. It reveals the complexity of implementing country-wide RE programs in very large countries. The lessons from these experiences, to the extent that they can be learned by others, can help guide best practices in RE in other developing countries.