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Implementing Power Rationing in a Sensible way: Lessons learned and inertnational best practices
Published by World Bank, Washington, DC, USA


Main Theme - major: Energy Mining and Industry

Physical Description :  Book - 185p.

Publication Date: 2005

Call Number:333.7 MAU


The objective of this report is to present practical measures that can be implemented to help countries minimize the economic and social consequences when confronted with power shortages. By reviewing the causes of and responses to power shortages in Chile, China, California, the Dominican Republic, Japan, and particularly Brazil, this report analyzes ways in which governments, utilities, consumers, and other stakeholders can deal with the multifaceted aspects of power rationing. This report highlights the case of Brazil as one of the best international practices. Chapter 2 lays the groundwork for dealing with rationing and distinguishes between three types of power shortages as a basis for formulating effective solutions. Chapters 3 and 4 examine case studies in which power shortages have led to different rationing responses. Chapter 5 details technological, financial, social, and other factors distinguishing each rationing episode. Chapter 6 compares quotas based on price signals with rolling blackouts. Chapter 7 presents a simple rationing scheme based on energy quotas assigned to individual customers. Finally, chapter 8 offers 12 lessons about implementing power rationing and demand response in a sensible way.

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