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Locally Appropriate Energy Strategies for the Developing World: A focus on Clean Energy Opportunities in Borneo / Shirley, Rebekah Grace
Bib ID 7378994
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook [text, microfiche]
Shirley, Rebekah Grace, author
Description Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2015 
167 p. 
ISBN 9781339592404

This dissertation focuses on an integration of energy modeling tools to explore energy transition pathways for emerging economies. The spate of growth in the global South has led to a global energy transition, evidenced in part by a surge in the development of large scale energy infrastructure projects for the provision of reliable electricity service. The rational of energy security and exigency often usher these large scale projects through to implementation with minimal analysis of costs: social and environmental impact, ecological risk, or opportunity costs of alternative energy transition pathways foregone. Furthermore, development of energy infrastructure is inherently characterized by the involvement of a number of state and non-state actors, with varying interests, objectives and access to authority. Being woven through and into social institutions necessarily impacts the design, control and functionality of infrastructure.

In this dissertation I therefore conceptualize energy infrastructure as lying at the intersection, or nexus, of people, the environment and energy security. I argue that energy infrastructure plans and policy should, and can, be informed by each of these fields of influence in order to appropriately satisfy local development needs. This case study explores the socio-techno-environmental context of contemporary mega-dam development in northern Borneo. I describe the key actors of an ongoing mega-dam debate and the constellation of their interaction. This highlights the role that information may play in public discourse and lends insight into how inertia in the established system may stymie technological evolution.

I then use a combination of power system simulation, ecological modeling and spatial analysis to analyze the potential for, and costs and tradeoffs of, future energy scenarios. In this way I demonstrate reproducible methods that can support energy infrastructure decision making by directly addressing data limitation barriers. I offer a platform for integrated analysis that considers cost perspectives across the nexus. The management of energy transitions is a growing field, critically important to low carbon futures. With the broader implications of my study I hope to contribute to a paradigm shift away from the dominant large-scale energy infrastructure as a means of energy security discourse, to a more encompassing security agenda that considers distributed and localized solutions.


Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 77-08(E), Section: B.

Advisors: Daniel Kammen Committee members: Duncan Callaway; Nancy Peluso; Matthew Potts.


Subjects Energy.  |  Natural resource management.
Other authors/contributors University of California, Berkeley. Energy and Resources. degree granting institution


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