Rural electrification options in the Brazilian Amazon. A multi-criteria analysis

Francesco Fuso Nerini, Mark Howells, Morgan Bazilian, Maria F. Gomez

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Worldwide, approximately 1.2. billion people still lack access to electricity. Recognized by the Brazilian Government as a citizen's right, access to electricity was extended to almost 15. million people since 2003 as a result of the "Luz Para Todos" (Light for all - LPT) program. However, considerable parts of the Amazon region still lack access to electricity services, largely due to the long distances that need to be covered and to challenging topography. This paper explores electrification using selected renewable sources, both for new installations and for hybridization of existing diesel generators. We present results from a multi-criteria analysis that explores trade-offs associated with electrification options. Techno-economic, environmental, social and institutional criteria and attributes are explored. We find that renewable and hybrid systems present a number of advantages for application in isolated areas of the region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-48
Number of pages13
JournalEnergy for Sustainable Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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