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An integrated framework for rural electrification: Adopting a user-centric approach to business model development

Schillebeeckx, SJD; Parikh, P; Bansal, R; George, G; (2010) An integrated framework for rural electrification: Adopting a user-centric approach to business model development. Energy Policy , 48 pp. 687-697. 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.05.078. Green open access

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Abstract

Rural electrification (RE) has gained prominence over the past two decades as an effective means for improving living conditions. This growth has largely been driven by socio-economic and political imperatives to improve rural livelihood and by technological innovation. Based on a content analysis of 232 scholarly articles, the literature is categorized into four focal lenses: technology, institutional, viability and user-centric. We find that the first two dominate the RE debate. The viability lens has been used less frequently, whilst the user-centric lens began to engage scholars as late as 2007. We provide an overview of the technological, institutional and viability lenses, and elaborate upon the user-centric lens in greater detail. For energy policy and practice, we combine the four lenses to develop a business model framework that policy makers, practitioners and investors could use to assess RE projects or to design future rural electrification strategies.

Type: Article
Title: An integrated framework for rural electrification: Adopting a user-centric approach to business model development
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.05.078
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.05.078
Language: English
Additional information: © 2012. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: Rural electrification, Business model, Customer
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1363776
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