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close this bookRural Energy and Development: Improving Energy Supply for Two Billion People (WB, 1996, 132 p.)
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Open this folder and view contentsChapter two - The rural energy situation
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Open this folder and view contentsChapter four - Options for rural electrification
Open this folder and view contentsChapter five - Innovations in renewable energy
Open this folder and view contentsChapter six - Cooking fuels: toward more sustainable supply and use
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Chapter One: Introduction

1. The term traditional fuel refers to such fuels as wood, charcoal, agricultural residues. dung. grass. leaves. and other biomass materials using open fires. “three-stone” stoves, and wood and charcoal stoves. These are sometimes also called biofuels. The term modern includes liquid fuels. such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and Kerosene, electricity: coal. modern biomass. including improved stoves and bagasse gasification and co-generation and innovative renewable energy technologies. such as those that use wind, solar. and small-scale hydroelectric resources The term commercial energy is sometimes used instead of modern energy.

2. This was a recurrent question members of the World Bank's Board posed during the discussions of the policy papers in 1992 and during a review of progress with these policies in 1994.

Chapter Two: The Rural Energy Situation

3. The term lower-income developing countries refers to the classification in the WDR's statistical annexes. This group had per capita incomes of less than US$695 in 1993.

Chapter Three: Emerging Practices and Policies

1. The distinction between subsidies and financial support is not always clear-cut. Some programs may require subsidies in the short term to absorb start-up costs. but mote than compensate for this by their revenues and profitability in the long-term. The topic is discussed further in relation to rural electrification anti renewable energy.