Recently, I spoke to an employee from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy about my research in Kosovo, and he suggested I look into the applications of smart grid technologies in the developing world.
These are two interesting articles I dug up:
The first article cites energy thievery as one of the motivations for smart grids in the developing world. I learned about this problem while I was in Kosovo – during a meeting I had with one of Kosovo’s advisors to the minister of energy, he explained to me how only about 50% of Kosovo’s consumed energy is actually paid for!
The second article is expressing the idea that developing countries will make the same sort of ‘leap-frogging’ jump that was made to cell phones, over landlines, only this time to decentralized smart grids, over current centralized power grids.