by Doug Barnes, Shahid Khandker and Hussain Samad
|Figure 1: Energy End Use Energy Consumption by Income Class,|
Bangladesh and India
The question still remained, "How do you define an energy poverty line?" As seen in figure 1, we define the energy poverty line as that point at the lower end of the income profile at which consumption remains fairly flat as income rises (income inelastic). Above that level household energy consumption rises along with income (income elastic). Households that consume less energy than this threshold are considered energy poor. They do not have the minimum amount of energy for the basic necessities of living.