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The Impact of Free Basic Electricity on the Energy Choices of Low Income Households: A Case Study in South Africa
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PESD Working Paper #80

August 2008

The Free Basic Electricity Subsidy in South Africa entitles all households to 50 kWh of electricity every month. This paper analyzes household energy demand in two villages in South Africa before and after the implementation of the subsidy, analyzing how demand and consumption patterns have shifted. In one village, demand increased dramatically, largely due to the purchase of electric cooking appliances, whereas in the other there was little affect on demand.

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