Reassessing Wind Potential Estimates for India

Date : May 2, 2022

With the official estimate at 50 GW in 2011, India’s wind potential was viewed as quite limited. However, it was realized that this estimate did not take into account the availability of better technology, more advanced mapping techniques and a higher than previously thought land availability. A quick global comparison underscored this when our research revealed that many countries, particularly...

Briefing Paper Series on Sustainable Energy and Rural Energy Access

Date : May 2, 2022

Shakti has supported the development of a briefing paper series on decentralized renewable energy (DRE) that capitalizes on practitioner experience to inform new DRE interventions. Rural energy practitioners have systematically identified critical themes relevant to DRE in India. Each theme is presented in the form of a briefing paper. The papers provide DRE practitioners, policy makers, and resea...

Implementing Demand Response Programmes

Date : May 2, 2022

Demand response is a Demand Side Management measure that can help balance supply and demand by encouraging customers to curtail usage during times of high demand. Shakti is engaging with utilities and other stakeholders to develop best practices and models that promote Demand Response programmes across the country....

Resource Centre on Demand Side Management

Date : May 2, 2022

Shakti has supported the creation of a technical resource hub on DSM at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), dedicated to providing assistance to policymakers and other stakeholders on DSM-based interventions. In this capacity, IIT-B has been developing knowledge resources and conducting training programmes targeted at distribution companies (Discoms), regulatory commissions, projec...

Standard Offer Programme for Energy-Efficient Lighting

Date : May 2, 2022

The Standard Offer Programme is an innovative approach to promote energy efficiency. It treats energy efficiency as a ‘commodity’ similarly to renewable energy or conventional resources. Under this approach, an energy efficiency resource acquirer purchases energy savings from third party energy efficiency implementation agencies (such as ESCOs) at a pre-determined price. While this mechanism h...

Roadmap to Achieve the Ambitious Target of 175 GW Renewable Energy by 2022

Date : May 2, 2022

In 2015, the National Institution for Transforming India or the NITI Aayog, formed an Expert Group to assess the financing support required to meet the target of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. Shakti was part of this group, which consisted of two other civil society organizations. The final report prepared by the group has contributed to the discourse around renewable energy targets for India...

Regional Collaboration Among States in the Indo-Gangetic Plan to Mitigate Air Pollution

Date : April 18, 2022

The Indo-Gangetic plain is characterized by high population density, pollution causing activities like brick manufacturing and mining, and thermal inversion in the winter, all of which contribute to severe levels of ambient air pollution in the region. According to WHO estimates, several of the most highly polluted cities in the world lie in the Indo-Gangetic plain. This establishes that air pollu...

Scaling up Clean Energy – The Green Power Market Development Group

Date : April 18, 2022

The Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG) India is an industry-led initiative aimed at rapidly increasing the share of renewable energy in the overall energy consumption of commercial and industrial establishments. GPMDG works towards finding solutions to the policy, regulatory and market barriers that currently impede the growth of the renewable energy sector in India. It engages with gove...

Evaluating Investment-Policy Interaction in the Mini-Grid and DRE sectors

Date : April 14, 2022

India has seen progressive developments on the DRE and mini-grid policy front. But have these policies led to an increased quantum of finance or better access to it? What is the investor perception of these changes? Studies commissioned by Shakti attempt to provide some answers by assessing the nature and form of finance available along with previous investment trends and future projections, w...

India’s Renewable Energy Target : Resolving the ‘Land’ Conundrum

Date : April 13, 2022

India's ambitious target of 175 GW renewable energy by 2022 will require an estimated 120,000 hectares of land at a deployment rate of over 10 GW over 15,000 hectares of land each year. The issue of land availability is viewed as a major hurdle to meeting this target. Lessons from other parts of the world suggest it is possible to fast-track project execution and also reduce associated soft costs ...