Investigation of Electricity Supply Options
There are inhabited areas in the world that are not part of the electricity network and thus rely on generation from traditional fossil fuels or biomass for most of their energy needs. This is usually the case when the cost of being part of the network is deemed prohibitive. With a goal of more sustainable implementation, this work investigates the attributes of alternative electricity supply configurations and judges their performance against technical, financial, economic, social, environmental and regulatory criteria. It is determined that in some areas and under a particular set of circumstances, the status quo is not the preferred option and other alternatives do contribute more towards sustainable development goals and targets. The results are very case and context-specific, and implementation of alternate arrangements may face regulatory and institutional barriers.