The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), one of India's leading think-tanks, is releasing the report ‘Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity - Survey of States (ACCESS)’ on 29 September 2015 from 14:15 to 16:30 hrs at the Constitutional Club of India, Rafi Marg, Sansad Marg Road Area, New Delhi.
Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister for Coal, Power, and New and Renewable Energy, will deliver the keynote address, and will release the ACCESS report. This will be followed by a panel discussion on 'Realities, challenges and opportunities to achieve universal energy access in rural India', chaired by Dr S B Agnihotri, former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.
The study was conducted by the Council on Energy, Environment & Water (CEEW) in collaboration with Columbia University with support from the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation.
With 300 million Indians relying on kerosene for lighting, and more than 800 million relying on traditional biomass, the access to modern forms of energy is still a significant barrier to our development. There is a need to focus beyond aggregate figures on electrification and LPG connections, and be sensitive to the numerous drivers which will determine how India will ensure true energy access for all.
Some of the key questions explored in the ACCESS study include:
- Is energy access just a binary measure?
- What are the right metrics for measuring energy access?
- Have existing energy access programs been effective?
- What policies to improve energy access are preferred by the rural population?
The ACCESS report is a result of India's largest energy access survey; covering over 8500 households across 714 villages and 51 districts in six of the most energy poor states (Bihar, Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal).
The analysis in the report provides a first of a kind multi-dimensional evaluation of the state of energy access in India.