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Leapfrogging to renewable energy : the opportunity for unmet electricity markets

dc.contributor.authorBatinge, Benjaminen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMusango, Josephine Kavitien_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBrent, Alan C.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-20T09:14:06Z
dc.date.available2017-12-20T09:14:06Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationBatinge, B., Musango, J. K. & Brent, A. C. 2017. Leapfrogging to renewable energy : the opportunity for unmet electricity markets. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 28(4):32-49, doi:10.7166/28-4-1702
dc.identifier.issn2224-7890 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1012-277X (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.7166/28-4-1702
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103020
dc.descriptionCITATION: Batinge, B., Musango, J. K. & Brent, A. C. 2017. Leapfrogging to renewable energy : the opportunity for unmet electricity markets. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 28(4):32-49, doi:10.7166/28-4-1702.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://sajie.journals.ac.za
dc.description.abstractElectricity plays a crucial role in the socio-economic development of any country. Developing countries, however, unlike their developed counterparts, do not have electricity markets that are fully satisfied, nor are they ‘laden’ with large-scale infrastructure that could create inertia about making the transition. The objective of this paper is to identify the potential trajectories for unmet electricity markets in sub-Saharan Africa to leapfrog to renewable energy as they strive to accelerate access to electricity. The following key drivers of renewable energy leapfrogging in unmet electricity markets were identified from the review: the need to achieve sustainability targets; the availability of renewable energy resources on a sufficient scale; growing investment in renewable energy; maturing niche renewable technologies; a weakening renewable energy cost hypothesis; and a growing population and increasing urbanisation. The paper further conceptualised three potential transition paradigms: revolutionary, scattered, and coned pathways. These paradigms were defined by the pace and magnitude of the transition that can be observed, and depend on the intensity of the identified drivers in a specific unmet electricity market. The paper argues that the largely unmet electricity market in sub-Saharan Africa provides an opportunity to leapfrog the fossil-intensive energy regime to adopt a renewable energy regime.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://sajie.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1702
dc.format.extent18 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSouthern African Institute for Industrial Engineering
dc.subjectRenewable energy sources -- Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectElectric power distribution -- Africaen_ZA
dc.titleLeapfrogging to renewable energy : the opportunity for unmet electricity marketsen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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