There has been a significant increase in electricity consumption per capita amongst ASEAN Countries in the last two decades. This consumption will most likely continue to increase in the future, indicating the importance of a reliable provision for electricity supplies in the region. ASEAN Countries, however, are concerned that continuing to utilise fossil fuels to generate electricity will increase their carbon emission contributions. Therefore, ASEAN Countries are considering to invest in renewable energy for the generation of electricity. However, few studies have been conducted on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of renewable electricity development in this region. Using an inter-country social accounting matrix analysis for the East Asia Region, this paper compares the socio-economic and environmental impacts of increasing electricity generated from fossil fuels with electricity generated from renewable resources, namely wind, hydro and solar. The results indicate developing renewable electricity can lead to a higher GDP, higher positive spillover to non-energy sectors and lower carbon emissions than developing electricity based on fossil fuels. However, the incidence of poverty in several ASEAN Countries developing renewable electricity can be relatively higher than if they continue utilising fossil fuel electricity.
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The inter-country CFPM approach is relatively different to the standard inter-regional SAM multiplier. The explanation and derivation of the standard inter-regional SAM multiplier, for example, can be found in Resosudarmo, Nurdianto and Hartono (2009).
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Derivation of the inter-country constrained fixed price multiplier (IC-CFPM)
This section explains in detail on the derivation of the inter-country constrained fixed price multiplier (IC-CFPM) following Lewis and Thorbecke (1992), Resosudarmo and Thorbecke (1996, 1998) and Hartono and Resosudarmo (2008). Table 2 can be expressed in the matrices operation as follow.
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Effendi, Y., Resosudarmo, B.P. Development of renewable electricity in ASEAN countries: socio-economic and environmental impacts. Asia-Pac J Reg Sci (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41685-021-00206-7
- Renewable electricity
- Carbon emissions
- Inter-country social accounting matrix