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Alan Brent published an article in March 2019.
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J.K. Musango

14 shared publications

School of Public Leadership, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies,Centre for Complex Systems in Transitions,Stellenbosch University,South Africa

Bamikole Amigun

11 shared publications

Sustainable Energy Futures, Natural Resources and the Environment, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Stellenbosch, South Africa

Lorren Kirsty Haywood

4 shared publications

Natural Resources and the Environment, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa

N.S. Pillay

1 shared publications

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Affordability of battery electric vehicles based on disposable income and the impact on provincial residential electrici... N.S. Pillay, A.C. Brent, J.K. Musango Published: 01 March 2019
Energy, doi: 10.1016/
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Journey towards Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development at the Local Government Level: The Case of Hessequa Municip... Elaine Fouché, Alan Brent Published: 31 January 2019
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su11030755
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The purpose of the research on which this article reports was to investigate how renewable energy forms part of the strategy of a local government, and to evaluate how participatory processes are utilised in the development and communication of this municipal strategy. The research was conducted with Hessequa Municipality, a local authority situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. A new aspect of the research was an attempt to consider renewable energy options as part of the municipal strategy, and not as a standalone project. Action research was undertaken and the resulting qualitative data were analysed using thematic analysis. Cognitive mapping was used to display the data and to analyse the causal relationships between different strategic themes. The causal relationships explicitly show that many opportunities for renewable energy solutions are evident in the form of: biomass-to-energy, low-carbon local economic development, small-scale embedded generation, waste-to-energy, and feed-in tariffs. The barriers for implementation are aging infrastructure and financial and legislative constraints. Participatory processes formed an integral part of the strategy formulation, and a unique visualised strategy was developed for communication with local citizens—a first for a local municipality in South Africa.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations The Correlation between Energy Cost Share, Human, and Economic Development: Using Time Series Data from Australasia, Eur... Ryan Roberts, Josephine Kaviti Musango, Alan Colin Brent, Ma... Published: 12 September 2018
Energies, doi: 10.3390/en11092405
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This paper investigates how a change in a region’s energy cost share (ECS), a ratio of a region’s energy expenditure as a fraction of its gross domestic product (GDP), affects the region’s social and economic development. Nations from four regions of the world, namely Australasia, Europe, North America, and the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) were chosen for this study. Using time series data from the period of 1978 to 2010, the annual ECS of each country was compared to the year-on-year GDP change, as well as the components of the human development index (HDI). High ECS values were seen to correlate with low economic development. The existence of an ECS threshold was found in 14 of the 15 countries, for all the regions, and for the worldwide analysis, with very strong correlation coefficients obtained for periods of high ECS. New to this field of research, this study also investigated the effects of ECS on gross national income (GNI) per capita change, as well as the effects of 0, 1, 2, and 3 year lags. This investigation found that ECS has a very strong correlation to GNI per capita change, which was much stronger than the correlation between ECS and GDP change. The effects of ECS on social and economic development occurred after varying time lags, and it is unique to each country and region. Regions with similar ECS dynamics were identified, with possible reasons for the similarities being provided.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Towards Measuring the Informal City: A Societal Metabolism Approach Suzanne Smit, Josephine K. Musango, Zora Kovacic, Alan C. Br... Published: 04 July 2018
Journal of Industrial Ecology, doi: 10.1111/jiec.12776
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Article 1 Read 0 Citations RETHINKING STRATEGIC SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING FOR THE ELECTRICITY SECTOR IN SOUTH AFRICA Lwandle Jackie Mqadi, Josephine Kaviti Musango, Alan C. Bren... Published: 01 May 2018
South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, doi: 10.7166/29-1-1654
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Article 5 Reads 0 Citations Proposing a master’s programme on participatory integrated assessment of energy systems to promote energy access and ene... Cheddi Kiravu, François Diaz-Maurin, Mario Giampietro, Alan ... Published: 05 March 2018
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, doi: 10.1108/ijshe-04-2017-0048
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