Energy poverty in paraguay: perspectives and conceptualization. case study of the carmen soler community (limpio, paraguay)

Llamosas, Cecilia (1); Giordanengo, Hector (2); González, Arturo (1); Fernández, Félix (1); Oxilia, Victorio (1); Blanco, Gerardo (1) (2018). 'Energy Poverty in Paraguay: perspectives and conceptualization. Case study of the Carmen Soler Community (Limpio, Paraguay)' Paper presented at the annual conference of the HDCA, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018.

Abstract

Universal access to energy is essential for the development of human beings. Energy, referred to all forms of energy such as electricity, biomass and fossil fuels. The way in which each of these energy forms is employed by individuals is determined by social, economic and cultural practices. Therefore, energy systems are also socio-technical systems and the study of social dimensions becomes fundamental when characterizing the household energy consumption.  The present work produces a conceptual and empirical evaluation of the socio-energetic situation, defining the concept of energy poverty in a domestic context, within a peri-urban community, Carmen Soler Community in Paraguay, with a Human Capabilities lens. Our analysis suggests that the human capabilities-based approach to energy poverty is useful to capture the social impacts of access to energy in Paraguay. Based on this, we propose a framework which can be extended at the national level.

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