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Fuelwood Use in Urban Areas: A Case Study of Raipur, India

Abstract:
Concern over deforestation in developing countries has led to increased interest in fuelwood markets, particularly the major market in cooking fuels for urban populations. This case study of Raipur, India, examines the use of cooking fuels by households and small commercial users, with emphasis on the role of fuelwood. It finds that total cooking energy consumption per household (in Btus) is relatively constant over a wide range of household income. However, the composition of fuel supplies varies with income, from a low-efficiency wood-based system in poor households to a higher-efficiency LPG-based system in higher-income households. Consumers evince a strong preferen-e for modern fuels, supporting the general pattern of inferiority of traditional fuels and the transition to modern fuels with increasing incomes.

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Energy Specializations: Renewables – Biofuels ; Energy Access – Energy Poverty and Equity

JEL Codes:
Q16 - Agricultural R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
Q56 - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

Keywords: Wood fuel use, Urban areas, Raipur India, Traditional fuels

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol10-No3-10


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