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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  • Use the power of the Air Act to fight pollution

    It is within our power to see that all Indians are able to breathe clean air. What is necessary is the political will to wield existing legal authority, and to pursue that aim with sufficient determination.>>

    Business Standard |  28 Mar 2017
    More extreme and unusual weather in 2017: UN weather agency

    The extreme weather patterns are continuing in 2017 with powerful Atlantic storms driving an influx of warm, moist air, says World Meteorological Organisation. >>

    Live Mint |  24 Mar 2017
  • Electrification drive: REC averages 30,000 new connections per week

    India is in electrification overdrive, with about 30,000 new electricity connections being granted every week. State-run Rural Electrification Corporation is targeting to scale up the drive to grant 100,000 connections every week. India has never seen electrification at such large scale earlier, and neither have details been made available on electrification at household level.>>

    The Economic Times |  21 Mar 2017
    Govt cuts 23 million tonne CO2 emission in a year by using LED bulbs

    The government has cut 23 million tonnes carbon dioxide emission by the use of energy efficient LED bulbs and has saved 28,588 million units of energy. >>

    The Economic Times |  21 Mar 2017
  • India's solar capacity grows over 3 folds to 10,000 Megawatt in three years

    India's solar power generation capacity has crossed 10,000 megawatt (MW), a more than three-time jump in less than three years as government pushes for renewable energy sources to meet galloping demand.>>

    The Economic Times |  12 Mar 2017
    Railways plan to save energy worth Rs 41,000 cr in 10 yrs: Suresh Prabhu

    Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said his Ministry has drawn up an action plan to save energy worth Rs 41,000 crore over the next ten years. >>

    The Economic Times |  05 Mar 2017
  • Move people, not cars: The green way forward

    India’s fast-paced growth is accompanied by an equally rapid expansion of urban areas. However, what overtakes the urbanisation is the increase in the concentration of population in the existing urban areas.>>

    The Indian Economist |  28 Feb 2017
    Niti Aayog to rank states on energy efficiency

    India’s policy think-tank, Niti Aayog, will soon rank states on the basis of energy efficiency, a move which will help India achieve its international commitment of lowering energy consumption. >>

    The Economic Times |  23 Feb 2017
  • Government Plans Push For Large-Scale Adoption Of Electric Vehicles In India

    The government will brainstorm on Thursday on how best it can be able to push large-scale adoption of electric vehicles in the country, ahead of the roll-out of FAME India - the national mission on electric mobility.>>

    NDTV |  22 Feb 2017
    In race to clean energy, emerging nations seize bigger role - World Bank

    A range of developing countries have emerged as leaders in a global race to switch to sustainable energy by 2030, by boosting their policies to help improve people's access to reliable, affordable and clean power, the World Bank said. >>

    The Economic Times |  15 Feb 2017

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