Essays on electricity access and energy resilience
|Newman, Alexandra M.
|Includes bibliographical references.
|The availability of abundant energy plays a critical role in all economies. In developing countries, access to reliable energy is central to driving industrialization, and bolstering the service sector, which now contributes significantly to the gross domestic product of many developing countries. It is well established that for many countries, there is a nexus between energy consumption and economic growth. In the developed world, energy reliability and resilience are at the forefront of energy discourse. In this dissertation, we explore these distinct but interwoven areas of energy. In Chapter 2, we investigate the relationship between power outages and business performance in middle-income countries with high electrification rate. This is important as attaining universal electrification is presumed to be the pinnacle of electrification goals, yet data shows that some firms in countries with a 100\% rate of electrification still suffer outages. In Chapter 3, we study the economics of a novel technology, concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, estimating the additional revenues that ancillary services such as spinning reserves can generate for a CSP plant owner. In Chapter 4, we investigate the role of microgrids in providing energy equity through access and resilience for low-income communities. Finally, in Chapter 5, we dive deeper into the question from Chapter two, carrying out a case study on Tunisia to derive the causal effect of outages on firm productivity under conditions of universal electrification.
|Colorado School of Mines. Arthur Lakes Library
|2022 - Mines Theses & Dissertations
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|concentrating solar power
|Essays on electricity access and energy resilience
|Bazilian, Morgan D.
|Bogin, Gregory E.
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
|Economics and Business
|Colorado School of Mines