Low Income Energy Services
Health, development, and climate benefits can be achieved by delivering more and higher-quality energy (for instance, electricity and modern cooking fuels) to low-income populations. PESD studies what institutional arrangements have the potential to do this sustainably and at scale.
PESD associate director Mark Thurber and research collaborators at Stanford have found in a review of the medical and public health literatures that health improvement is rarely the principal reason why households adopt health-improving technologies like insecticide-treated nets, point-of-use water treatments, and improved biomass cookstoves. These findings, which appear in the American Journal of Public Health, suggest that wider health impact can be achieved by paying more attention to non-health motivations for adoption. Read more »
A PESD study just released in Energy Policy found that stove businesses are challenging but feasible with deep financial backing and managerial acumen. However, such businesses struggle to make a serious dent in the household-level indoor air pollution problem that motivated many to pursue improved biomass stoves in the first place. Read more »
Recent report on improved biomass stoves includes article by PESD Researchers
The Global Village Energy project released a report tackling the question of why the adoption of improved cook stoves has been so slow in developing countries. Titled, "Three Key Obstacles to Cookstove Adoption (And How to Overcome Them)," it contains an article by PESD researcher Xander Slaski and Assistant Director Mark Thurber.
Mark Thurber and Xander Slaski are traveling to India to learn more about the potential for commercial cookstove ventures. Read more »
Xander Slaski and Mark Thurber introduce a framework for understanding why the poor often fail to adopt seemingly beneficial technologies like improved biomass cookstoves.
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In a Jan. 12 press conference, Stanford President John Hennessy announced a new interdisciplinary initiative on energy issues and $100 million in new spending for energy research. The initiative will be housed at the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency and will draw upon intellectual resources from the entire university, including FSI's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD), which has been studying the production and consumption of energy and its affects on sustainable development since 2001. Read more »
PESD affiliates Stephen Davis, Alison Hughes, and Kate Louw publish findings on the impacts of the free basic electricity program in two small rural towns in South Africa.
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