Bridging the energy access divide for sustainable development in South Asia: Policies and prospects in Nepal

Dhakal, Subas P. and Mahmood, Muhammad N. and Bogati, Ramji (2018) Bridging the energy access divide for sustainable development in South Asia: Policies and prospects in Nepal. International Journal of Public Policy, 14 (1/2). pp. 104-119. ISSN 1740-0600


Bridging the energy access divide is critical for meeting Nepal's social and economic development objectives. Under the assumption that there are fertile opportunities for linking energy policy and market prospects, this paper explores the central question: 'to what extent is the current policy environment in Nepal conducive to the uptake of solar energy at the household level?' The paper makes use of an exploratory research approach to data analyses in order to address the research question. The findings reveal that the country's renewable energy market is still in its infancy. Although donor-driven subsidy policy has been successful in promoting the uptake of solar energy, exclusivity of subsidy mechanisms coupled with the lack of cross-sectoral policy harmony are hindering the uptake of solar energy. The paper ends with a discussion on the need for a market-centric impetus to facilitate a renewable energy sector in Nepal.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2018 05:16
Last Modified: 16 May 2018 00:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: donor agencies, energy policy, Leximancer, renewable energy market, South Asia, sustainable development, Nepal
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2018.090704

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