India has distributed subsidized liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections to the poor at a hitherto unseen pace. However, it has been unclear whether this successfully supports a shift away from solid fuel. Research now shows that connection subsidy alone is not enough to promote sustained LPG consumption among rural poor households.
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Dabadge, A. Subsidizing connections to the poor. Nat Energy 4, 724–725 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-019-0433-z
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