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Electricity Intensities of the OECD and South Africa: A Comparison


  • Roula Inglesi-Lotz

    () (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

  • James Blignaut

    () (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)


Improving a country’s electricity efficiency is considered one of the important ways to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to meet its commitments concerning climate change mitigation. In this paper, we conduct a comparative analysis between South Africa and OECD members’ total and sectoral electricity intensities. This is done to establish a sense of South Africa’s relative performance in this regard, to ascertain the possible scope for improvement and, if such scope exists, to determine in which of the industrial sectors.

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  • Roula Inglesi-Lotz & James Blignaut, 2011. "Electricity Intensities of the OECD and South Africa: A Comparison," Working Papers 201106, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:201106

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