Energy access in rural India has been a development priority for the government for many decades. However, 45 percent of rural households lack access to electricity. Although electricity generation has grown at 7 per cent between 2002 and 2013, we are still not able to provide electricity to everyone in the country. The situation is grim in six Indian states and out of these; Bihar has the least electrification rate at 18 per cent according to census 2011. More than 80 per cent of the people in Bihar use kerosene for lighting.
We at CSE strongly believe that India needs to end this energy poverty at the earliest and renewable energy based decentralized distributed generation (mini-grid) is the way out. The one-day workshop would deliberate on sustainable mini-grids for energy access. We will also take this opportunity to release our report on ‘Mini-grid development in India’.
We are inviting key stakeholders including government regulators (central and state level), project developers, financiers, NGOs, researchers, and academicians to participate in this meeting.
Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 (9 AM to 2.00 PM)
Venue: Hotel Maurya, South Gandhi Maidan, Patna
It is critical that we build consensus on a sustainable mini-grid model along with required policy reforms in order to resolve energy access issues in the country once for all.
For queries related to this conference and participation please contact:
Kanchan Kumar Agrawal
Renewable Energy Programme
Mobile: +91 - 8882839759