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Sustainability 2013, 5(5), 2060-2076;

Global Insights Based on the Multidimensional Energy Poverty Index (MEPI)

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna International Centre, 1400 Vienna, Austria
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Division of Energy System Analysis, Brinellvägen 68, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
African Institute for Applied Economics, 54, Nza Street, Independence Layout, Enugu, Nigeria
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Received: 26 March 2013 / Revised: 22 April 2013 / Accepted: 26 April 2013 / Published: 7 May 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Measuring Socio-Economic Well-Being)
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Energy access metrics are needed to track the progress towards providing sustainable energy for all. This paper presents advancements in the development of the Multidimensional Energy Poverty Index (MEPI), as well as results and analysis for a number of developing countries. The MEPI is a composite index designed to shed light on energy poverty by assessing the services that modern energy provides. The index captures both the incidence and intensity of energy poverty. It provides valuable insights–allowing the analysis of determinants of energy poverty–and, subsequently insights into policy efficacy. Building on previous work, this paper presents results obtained as a result of both increased data availability and enhanced methodology. Specifically, this analysis (i) includes an increased number of countries, and (ii) tracks the evolution of energy poverty over time of energy poverty in selected countries is reported. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy poverty; access to modern energy services; energy policy energy poverty; access to modern energy services; energy policy

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Nussbaumer, P.; Nerini, F.F.; Onyeji, I.; Howells, M. Global Insights Based on the Multidimensional Energy Poverty Index (MEPI). Sustainability 2013, 5, 2060-2076.

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