12 years of action yields affordable renewable energy for millions in China
Rural energy needs are starkly different from those of urban areas. Off-grid conditions characterize the rural energy problem, yet research and policy has pursued grid-style strategies. CEEP has extensively researched the resource, social and economic potential of renewable energy for rural communities. One notable case is its work in China. Using tools such as GIS and community surveys, and based on CEEP-developed computer models like its Rural Renewable Energy Analysis and Design (RREAD), CEEP researchers have contributed to the successful implementation of off-grid PV, wind and bioenergy projects in China. Today, several million households in China are powered by rural energy systems that CEEP helped to design. Similar efforts to meet rural energy needs continue in countries across Asia and Africa.
Read more on the rural livelihoods issue:
- “A Framework for Sustainable Energy Development Beyond the Grid: Meeting the Needs of Rural and Remote Populations.” 2009. Lawrence Agbemabiese. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, Vol. 29, No. 2: 151-158.
- “Evaluating the potential of small-scale renewable energy options to meet rural livelihoods needs: A GIS- and lifecycle cost-based assessment of Western China’s options.” 2007. John Byrne, Aiming Zhou, Bo Shen, Kristen Hughes. Energy Policy, Vol. 35, No. 8 (August): 4391-4401.
- “Health, Ecological, Energy and Economic Impacts of Integrated Agricultural Bioenergy Systems in China and Institutional Strategies for Their Successful Diffusion.” 2004. John Byrne, Aiming Zhou, et al. Newark, DE: Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware. Chinese
- “Renewable Energy for Rural Sustainability: Lessons from China.” 2002. Aiming Zhou and John Byrne. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society. Vol. 22, No. 2: 123-131. Korean
- “The Economics of Sustainable Energy for Rural Development: A Study of Renewable Energy in Rural China.” 1998. John Byrne, Bo Shen, and William Wallace. Energy Policy, Vol. 26, No. 1 (January): 45-54. Korean
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