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Urban Energy Transition And Technology Adoption: The Case Of Tigrai, Northern Ethiopia

Abstract: 

Urban centers have long been dependent on the rural hinterlands for about 90% of their fuel needs in Ethiopia. Whereas dependence of urban centers on rural hinterlands is one of the causes of deforestation, the later in return has resulted in growing fuel scarcity and higher firewood prices. One response to reducing the pressure of urban centers on their rural hinterlands could be switching from one fuel source to another, known as energy transition. Switching from fuelwood to electricity, for instance, leads to reduced pressure on the forest resources and lower indoor air pollution. However, such a transition is conditioned by the adoption rate of the relevant cooking appliance or stove technology by the majority users. This paper tried to investigate how technology adoption conditions urban energy transition using a dataset of 350 urban households in Tigrai, northern Ethiopia. Results suggest that the transition to electricity is conditioned by holding electric 'mitad' cooking appliance, which is in turn influenced by the level of education and income, among other things

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher: 
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
ISBN/ISSN: 
978-99944-54-10-5
Primary Descriptors: 

urban energy transition

Secondary Descriptor: 

probit regressions

Geographic Descriptors: 
Ethiopia, Tigrai
Cataloge Date: 
02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: 
technology adoption - electric 'Mitad' cooking appliance
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2009
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: 
Content type: 
Volume: 
I
Publication date: 
2013-05-27 23:09:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:02:18
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: 
Book
Current frequency: 
Annualy