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Energy-Based Economic Development How Clean Energy can Drive Development and Stimulate Economic Growth

- Defines the convergence of the fields of energy policy and planning and economic development
- Presents a framework for describing and designing energy-based economic development approaches
- Outlines a taxonomy of different types of energy-based economic development projects, and assesses various case studies as examples in practice

Energy is becoming a prominent driver of economic development. Each year, billions of dollars are invested around the world by the public and private sectors in low-emissions energy development and energy efficiency planning. Energy-based economic development (EBED) is a domain that seizes the opportunities inherent in clean energy development to drive innovation and generate economic growth.

Energy-based economic development: How clean energy can drive development and stimulate economic growth delivers working definitions, common approaches, descriptions of supportive policy mechanisms, and suggested metrics for evaluation. The book offers a unified framework for EBED that is supported by examples and leaves readers better equipped to design, plan, and implement EBED initiatives. Case studies illustrate how national and subnational initiatives adopt to a locale’s energy asset base, energy and economic development needs, and the context in which the initiative operates. Descriptions of the energy projects supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act offer insights about what worked and what did not and suggest ways in which governments can be better prepared to manage EBED projects in the future.

This book provides the tools necessary to work toward simultaneous energy and economic development goals and facilitates discussion for an advanced policy agenda of energy efficiency, energy diversification, innovation-led economic growth, and job creation.


Carley, S., & Lawrence, S. (2014). Energy-Based Economic Development: How Clean Energy can Drive Development and Stimulate Economic Growth. New York, NY: Springer.