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Energy-Based Economic Development

How Clean Energy can Drive Development and Stimulate Economic Growth


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 1-14
  3. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 15-35
  4. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 37-53
  5. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 55-80
  6. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 81-93
  7. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 95-98
  8. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 99-117
  9. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 119-136
  10. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 137-155
  11. Sanya Carley, Sara Lawrence
    Pages 157-165

About this book


Energy is becoming a prominent driver of economic development. Each year, billions of dollars are invested around the world by the public and private sectors in low-emissions energy development and energy efficiency planning. Energy-based economic development (EBED) is a domain that seizes the opportunities inherent in clean energy development to drive innovation and generate economic growth.


Energy-based economic development: How clean energy can drive development and stimulate economic growth delivers working definitions, common approaches, descriptions of supportive policy mechanisms, and suggested metrics for evaluation. The book offers a unified framework for EBED that is supported by examples and leaves readers better equipped to design, plan, and implement EBED initiatives. Case studies illustrate how national and subnational initiatives adopt to a locale’s energy asset base, energy and economic development needs, and the context in which the initiative operates. Descriptions of the energy projects supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act offer insights about what worked and what did not and suggest ways in which governments can be better prepared to manage EBED projects in the future.


This book provides the tools necessary to work toward simultaneous energy and economic development goals and facilitates discussion for an advanced policy agenda of energy efficiency, energy diversification, innovation-led economic growth, and job creation.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.RaleighUSA

About the authors

Sanya Carley is an assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, at Indiana University. Her research interests include the sustainability of the electricity sector, the effectiveness of energy policy instruments, and the overlap between energy and economic development. Her professional experience outside academia includes approximately eight years of consulting work with economic development organizations, including the World Bank and RTI International, as well as environmental and energy policy organizations, such as the Nicholas Institute, ARCeconomics, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sara Lawrence is a senior economic development analyst at RTI International. She works in a variety of settings linking innovation and cross-cutting disciplines into economic development practice. Her research interests are regional development, emerging economies, and leadership. 

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