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. There are still around 3.5 million people in Maharashtra who use kerosene for lighting, 90 per cent of which are part of the rural population. There is still 16 per cent of population who have no access to electricity in the state.
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 are inviting key stakeholders including government regulators (central and state level), project developers, financiers, NGOs, researchers, and academicians to participate in this meeting.
Like the rest of the country, the north eastern region is dominated by fossil fuels when it comes to electricity generation. Even with an installed capacity of 3.5 giga-watts, the fact is that there is still a shortage of 5.1 per cent of electricity for the people in this region. This figure however does not include the millions of people who do not have access to electricity in the country.