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Energy use in Indian household sector - An actor-oriented approach

Reddy, B Sudhakara and Srinivas, T (2009) Energy use in Indian household sector - An actor-oriented approach. In: Energy, 34 (8). pp. 992-1002.

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Over the years, significant changes have taken place with regard to the type as well the quantity of energy used in Indian households. Many factors have contributed in bringing these changes. These include availability of energy, security of supplies, efficiency of use, cost of device, price of energy carriers, ease of use, and external factors like technological development, introduction of subsidies, and environmental considerations. The present paper presents the pattern of energy consumption in the household sector and analyses the causalities underlying the present usage patterns. It identifies specific (groups of) actors, study their specific situations, analyse the constraints and discusses opportunities for improvement. This can be referred to ``actor-oriented'' analysis in which we understand how various actors of the energy system are making the system work, and what incentives and constraints each of these actors is experiencing. It analyses actor linkages and their impact on the fuel choice mechanism. The study shows that the role of actors in household fuel choice is significant and depends on the level of factors - micro, meso and macro. It is recommended that the development interventions should include actor-oriented tools in energy planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The analysis is based on the data from the national sample survey (NSS), India. This approach provides a spatial viewpoint which permits a clear assessment of the energy carrier choice by the households and the influence of various actors. The scope of the paper is motivated and limited by suggesting and formulating a powerful analytical technique to analyse the problem involving the role of actors in the Indian household sector.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Energy
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier science, 2009 .
Keywords: Actor; Energy; Environment; Fuel choice; Household; Rural; Urban
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2010 11:03
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:49
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/24227

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