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Alternate Energy Strategies for the Developing World's Domestic Use: A Case Study of Nigerian Households' Fuel Use Patterns and Preferences

Through case studies in rural and urban settings within Nigeria, this paper examines the degree to which qualities associated with commonly proposed new energy supply technologies for developing countries satisfy the needs and preferences of Nigerian households. The paper demonstrates that the often cited, and unquestionably important advantages of such technologies, including ecological safety, renewability, decentralization of supply systems, and diversity are not factors which carry sufficient appeal to individual households in determining fuel choices for domestic purposes. The study finds that safety, reliability of supply, convenience, and a fuel's versatility are the factors which determine its desirability.

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Energy Specializations: Energy Access – Sustainable Development and Distributed Energy; Energy Access – Energy Poverty and Equity

JEL Codes:
Q01 - Sustainable Development
Q56 - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

Keywords: Developing countires, Nigeria, Household fuel use, Energy policy

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol10-No3-8

Published in Volume 10, Number 3 of The Quarterly Journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.