Next generation interactive tool as a backbone for universal access to electricity

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Energy planning in rural areas and in developing countries most often relies on the outputs of specialised analytical tools, of which only a handful have been developed. Over the years these tools have been upgraded, and the newest among them take into consideration, to a greater or lesser extent, all key determinants of energy generation and distribution. This paper focuses on a “pool” of web-based geo-referencing open-source tools and highlights the extent to which each analytical tool reflects the particularities of the various determinants of energy generation and distribution. In doing so, the present work identifies aspects of the tools that need to be strengthened. Building on this information, the paper further maps the suitability of each tool with regard to calculating (at a local level) the six Sustainable Development Goal indicators that are closely related to energy. This makes it possible to draw conclusions about monitoring needs in study-areas. Bringing together these two sets of findings, the paper concludes with a research agenda for analytical tool development in the area of energy planning, which spills over developmental agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere305
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution andreproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.© 2018 European Commission; DG Joint Research Centre (JRC).WIREs Energy and Environmentpublished by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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