Access to Energy

In recent years, the Government of India has been making aggressive efforts to expand access to energy through various national and state schemes to enhance off-grid rural electricity access. Despite these efforts, nearly half of the rural households in India lacks reliable electricity access and nearly 85 percent depend on biomass, such as firewood and dung cakes, for cooking fuel. The lack of energy access not only constrains productive activities, incomes and employment in rural areas, but also hinders the delivery of essentials such as safe drinking water, healthcare and education.

Expanding rural energy access or rural electrification is, therefore, necessary for economic growth and human development. Towards this, the Energy Access programme focuses on rural electrification through development and promotion of off-grid solutions using local resources and renewable energy. It works towards policy, regulatory and institutional interventions to support the government’s initiatives and promote private participation. It also builds technical and implementation capacity of relevant stakeholders such as state and district-level energy development bodies, financial institutions and energy service entrepreneurs.

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Access to Energy - INITIATIVES
  • Improving finance for clean energy access in India

    Shakti commissioned this program to improve access to capital for Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) enterprises in India.>>

  • Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity – Survey of States

    A Shakti supported initiative for developing energy access indicators for six energy-deprived states of the country. It seeks to inform policy makers about the existing energy delivery mechanisms and to support the government in designing more informed energy policies.>>

  • Development of Rural Energy Service Delivery Models

    This initiative aims to develop rural energy delivery models that can help expand private-sector led renewable energy business activities in rural markets, which in turn will help energy poor rural consumers.>>

  • Solar Agricultural Water Pumps in India

    Shakti supported a study in 2013 to assess the technical feasibility and viability of solar agriculture pumps in India, considering system-wide costs of conventional alternatives. In this regard, Shakti provided assistance to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in 2014 for formulating a guideline document on solar agri-pump models for states.>>

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  • India may become 2-4 degrees Celsius warmer, but heat deaths are preventable

    Scientists who studied India's 2015 heat wave that claimed 2,500 lives concluded that the region was likely to see intense heatwaves once in every 10 years, instead of once in every 100 years.>>

    The Economic Times |  22 Jun 2017
    Renewable Energy will reach 49 percent in India by 2040: Report

    As batteries and new sources of flexibility bolster the reach of renewables, the renewable energy will be reaching 49 percent in India, 55 percent in China, 74 percent penetration in Germany and 38 percent in the U.S. by 2040 anticipates newly released Bloomberg New Energy Finance's (BNEF) annual long-term analysis of the future of energy- 2017 New Energy Outlook (NEO). >>

    The Economic Times |  17 Jun 2017
  • Solar panels, batteries may power lights and fans on 250 trains

    Indian Railways will install flexible solar panels and batteries to power fans and lights on 250 local trains, giving another boost to India’s rapidly growing renewable energy programme.>>

    The Economic Times |  06 Jun 2017
    How Nagpur is driving India’s green public transport mission

    Electric vehicles for public transport is ‘one of the necessary ingredients of a smart city’, Nagpur being one of them. Under the newly inaugurated multi-modal electric vehicle project, 200 electric taxis and e-rickshaws will operate in Nagpur on Ola’s platform. A solar power charging station built by Ola was also unveiled. >>

    Live Mint |  31 May 2017
  • The Wind Beneath India’s Renewable Energy Wings

    Already accounting for 9% of India's total installed energy capacity, wind power looks to add another 6GW this year, an unprecedented expansion that will help the country overshoot its Paris climate pact commitment.>>

    Huffington Post |  22 May 2017
    India's First Electric Cab Fleet To Be Launched In Nagpur This Month

    The first electric taxi fleet in the country is going to be launched in Nagpur from the 26th of May 2017. With India's pledge to go all electric by 2030, this is a good way to get things rolling. Nagpur will be the first city in the country to adopt electric cabs and the success of this project will determine its applicability in other cities. >>

    NDTV |  15 May 2017
  • State discoms lower losses in FY16, improve cost coverage t

    Operational performance of state power distribution companies has improved with a decline in commercial losses of electricity and marginally better coverage of costs in fiscal 2016, a report by the Power Finance Corp (PFC) said.>>

    The Economic Times |  05 May 2017
    Emission standards soon for Railways

    Indian Railways will soon come under emission standards, with the Engine Development Directorate of the Research Designs and Standards Organisation drawing up the draft norms for diesel locos. The emission burden from the transport sector as a whole has risen 3.5 times since 1990 to stand at 250 million tonne CO2, or 13.5 per cent of the total emissions in 2013. >>

    The Hindu Business Line |  02 May 2017
  • If India meets renewables target, no more coal power needed till 2027

    Investing in renewables brings environmental benefits like reduced pollution while creating employment opportunities as well. Therefore, renewable energy has the potential to solve the energy trilemma of ensuring energy security, energy access and sustainability.>>

    The Economic Times |  29 Apr 2017
    Pollution tapers solar yield by 25 per cent: Study

    India is making a big push for solar energy, with power capacity expected to double this year. But some of the gains, especially in north India, could be offset by a growing problem: air pollution. A new study, the first of its kind in India and one of a handful globally, has found that dust and particulate matter (PM) may be reducing the energy yield of solar power systems in north India by 17%-25 % annually. >>

    The Economic Times |  26 Apr 2017

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