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.
Rural electrification, Business model, Customer
Agribusiness | Business | Strategic Management Policy
Strategy and Organisation
SCHILLEBEECKX, Simon J. D.; PARIKH, Priti; BANSAL, Rahul; and GEORGE, Gerard.
An Integrated Framework for Rural Electrification: Adopting a User-centric Approach to Business Model Development. (2012). Energy Policy. 48, 687-697. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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