International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Examining Alternatives: the Energy Services Delivery Project in Sri Lanka

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Decentralized, renewable energy production is becoming a more acceptable and widely-used form of electricity generation. The World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF) are leaders in creating and expanding markets for renewable energy technologies such as solar-home systems and village-level, micro-hydro schemes. In 1997, The World Bank signed an agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka to initiate an Energy Services Delivery (ESD) Project. Stakeholders participating in the ESD Project hold different views of the project based on their location within the project hierarchy. Using an interpretivist methodological approach, I elucidate shared and divergent meaning between two stakeholder groups: private-sector banking officials and end-users. Stakeholder understandings of the project organized themselves around three emergent themes: risk, responsibility and sustainability. Understanding how stakeholders conceptualize these three concepts provides valuable insight into how long-term, cooperative energy policy and delivery services might be designed. © 2002 International Energy Initiative, Inc.

Publication Title

Energy for Sustainable Development

Publication Date

1-1-2002

Volume

6

Issue

1

First Page

38

Last Page

46

ISSN

0973-0826

DOI

10.1016/S0973-0826(08)60297-5

Keywords

Sri Lanka, energy policy, sustainable development, World Bank

Disciplines

Asian Studies | Environmental Studies | International and Area Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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