Non-Economic Determinants of Energy Use in Rural Areas of South Africa

    Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


    This project will begin to determine the forces and dimensions in rural energy-use patterns and begin to address policy and implementation needs for the future. This entails 1) forecasting the social and economic benefits that electrification is assumed to deliver regarding education and women's lives; 2) assessing negative perceptions of users, which have been established through the slow uptakeof electricity; 3) making recommendations as to how these perceptions could be addressed in policy development and in the continuing electrification program; 4) making recommendations to policy makers on how to suport and make optimal use of current energy-use practices where these are socio-economically sound; 5) identifying misinformation and wasteful practices; and 6) other recommendations,which will significantly improve the success of the rural electrification program in a socio-economically sound manner, as identified in the course of the work.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages53
    StatePublished - 1999

    Bibliographical note

    Work performed by University of Cape Town, South Africa

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/SR-620-25868


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