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The Sustainable Eradication of Energy Poverty. A study of micro hydropower in Murung Raya, Indonesia

Benson, Brittany LU (2014) MIDM19 20141
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis was to explore the sustainability of a renewable village grid micro hydropower project in the Murung Raya district of Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, according to indicators for five dimensions of sustainability: economic, environmental, social, technical, and institutional. The theoretical discussion and subsequent analytical framework are rooted in dimensions of sustainable development based on a paper from Ilskog and Kjellström (2008), where they aim to conceptualisation sustainable development for off-grid rural electrification. This framework, which uses quantitative indicators, supported by qualitative data, aims to remove what some have argued are the arbitrariness of sustainable development, and... (More)
The purpose of this thesis was to explore the sustainability of a renewable village grid micro hydropower project in the Murung Raya district of Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, according to indicators for five dimensions of sustainability: economic, environmental, social, technical, and institutional. The theoretical discussion and subsequent analytical framework are rooted in dimensions of sustainable development based on a paper from Ilskog and Kjellström (2008), where they aim to conceptualisation sustainable development for off-grid rural electrification. This framework, which uses quantitative indicators, supported by qualitative data, aims to remove what some have argued are the arbitrariness of sustainable development, and reinforce its action guiding power (Christen and Schmidt 2012). The thesis explores, firstly, the extent to which the micro hydropower project in Murung Raya is sustainable according to criteria from Ilskog and Kjellström (2008), and, secondly, based on findings from the case study, it proposes additional indicators that could be included in future research on the sustainability of rural electrification. Mixed methods fieldwork was conducted in the Murung Raya district, specifically the villages of Kolam and Saruhung. Data was also collected from a third village, Olung Soloi; however, since this village experienced de-electrification in 2012, the data from this village will be used purely to compliment the main findings from the other two villages. Based on the Ilskog and Kjellström (2008) indicators economic, environmental, and social sustainability are achieved, whereas technical and institutional sustainability are not, resulting in an overall unsustainable project. Additional indicators are proposed in the economic, environmental, and institutional dimensions to bring more depth to the categories identified in each dimension, whereas additional indicators in the social and technical dimensions aim to capture components not explored by the Ilskog and Kjellström (2008) indicators. (Less)
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Benson, Brittany LU
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MIDM19 20141
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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rural electrification, micro hydropower, sustainable development, Indonesia
language
English
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4442916
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this thesis was to explore the sustainability of a renewable village grid micro hydropower project in the Murung Raya district of Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, according to indicators for five dimensions of sustainability: economic, environmental, social, technical, and institutional. The theoretical discussion and subsequent analytical framework are rooted in dimensions of sustainable development based on a paper from Ilskog and Kjellström (2008), where they aim to conceptualisation sustainable development for off-grid rural electrification. This framework, which uses quantitative indicators, supported by qualitative data, aims to remove what some have argued are the arbitrariness of sustainable development, and reinforce its action guiding power (Christen and Schmidt 2012). The thesis explores, firstly, the extent to which the micro hydropower project in Murung Raya is sustainable according to criteria from Ilskog and Kjellström (2008), and, secondly, based on findings from the case study, it proposes additional indicators that could be included in future research on the sustainability of rural electrification. Mixed methods fieldwork was conducted in the Murung Raya district, specifically the villages of Kolam and Saruhung. Data was also collected from a third village, Olung Soloi; however, since this village experienced de-electrification in 2012, the data from this village will be used purely to compliment the main findings from the other two villages. Based on the Ilskog and Kjellström (2008) indicators economic, environmental, and social sustainability are achieved, whereas technical and institutional sustainability are not, resulting in an overall unsustainable project. Additional indicators are proposed in the economic, environmental, and institutional dimensions to bring more depth to the categories identified in each dimension, whereas additional indicators in the social and technical dimensions aim to capture components not explored by the Ilskog and Kjellström (2008) indicators.},
  author       = {Benson, Brittany},
  keyword      = {rural electrification,micro hydropower,sustainable development,Indonesia},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Sustainable Eradication of Energy Poverty. A study of micro hydropower in Murung Raya, Indonesia},
  year         = {2014},
}