Willingness to pay for renewable energy: evidence from a contingent valuation survey in Kenya

Abdullah, Sabah and Jeanty, P. Wilner (2011) Willingness to pay for renewable energy: evidence from a contingent valuation survey in Kenya. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review, 15 6: 2974-2983. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2011.03.016


Author Abdullah, Sabah
Jeanty, P. Wilner
Title Willingness to pay for renewable energy: evidence from a contingent valuation survey in Kenya
Journal name Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-0321
1879-0690
Publication date 2011-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rser.2011.03.016
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 6
Start page 2974
End page 2983
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract A modern form of energy, in particular electricity for household use, is an important vehicle in alleviating poverty in developing countries. However, access and costs of connecting to this service for most poor in these countries is inconceivable. Policies promoting electricity connection in rural areas are known to be beneficial in improving the socio-economic and health well-being for households. This paper examines willingness to pay (WTP) for rural electrification connection in Kisumu district, Kenya, using the contingent valuation method (CVM). A nonparametric and a parametric model are employed to estimate WTP values for two electricity products: grid electricity (GE) and photovoltaic (PV) electricity. The results indicate that respondents are willing to pay more for GE services than PV and households favoured monthly connection payments over a lump sum amount. Some of the policies suggested in this paper include: subsidizing the connection costs for both sources of electricity, adjusting the payment periods, and restructuring the market ownership of providing rural electricity services.
Keyword Contingent valuation
Double bounded
Electricity connectio
Rural
Willingness to pay (WTP)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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