Energy Access

Despite the rapid developments in clean energy solutions, 1.1 billion people around the world still live without access to any form of electricity. We work on initiatives that use sustainable energy as a catalyst for socio-economic development of rural communities in a gender-inclusive manner. Innovations in technological solutions, business models, partnerships, and knowledge generation remain the cornerstones of our action-research.



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    Clean cooking in India: Will methanol cookstoves work?

    How will methanol fare as a clean cooking fuel in rural India's households

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    Photo Story

    Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya (Lead me from darkness to light)

    The success narratives of solar micro grid installation in two villages in Uttar Pradesh

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    Press Release

    TERI powers over 50,000 households in rural Bihar with clean energy

    TERI held a regional conference on 'Accelerating Rural Development through Enhancing Energy Access' in Patna

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    Clean cooking challenges in rural India

    Ensuring complete penetration of clean cooking fuel in rural India requires a multi-pronged approach

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    Case Study

    Making micro-credit financing a vehicle for clean energy in rural India

    Small loans with low interest rate help take clean energy technology to poor homes in a Bihar village

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Making micro-credit financing a vehicle for clean energy in rural India

Mr P B Singh

Partnership with a local micro-finance institution helps take clean cooking and lighting technology into poor homes in a village in Bihar

Clean cooking in India: Will methanol cookstoves work?

Amit Kumar

Factors like access are important while considering clean cooking fuels for the masses

Can the technology behind Bitcoin aid transition to renewable energy?

Mr G Gurprasad

In the transition to renewable energy, blockchain technology can enable decentralised energy distribution, monitoring and trading


Conference on accelerating rural development through enhancing energy access

July 17, 2018
to July 17, 2018

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India, in collaboration with its partners, is hosting a regional conference on 'Accelerating Rural Development through Energy Access' in Patna on July 17 with the objective of sharing experiences around various interventions in the area of energy access with a view to scale them up in the state of Bihar.

Gender and Energy Workshop: Energy Access and Women's Changing Social Positions

May 22, 2018
to May 22, 2018

TERI is hosting a workshop on 'Gender and Energy: Energy Access and Women's Changing Social Position' in Bengaluru under the aegis of Gender and Energy Network India (GENI), to promote the exchange of ideas and collaboration on the theme of gender inclusion in sustainable energy access.

TERI-ITEC Courses 2017-18: Course VIII - Integrated approach towards sustainable development

March 12, 2018
to March 29, 2018


TERI is empanelled by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Government of India, for this programme. Under the TERI-ITEC programme, eight courses are being offered for the year 2017-18.


How India can use Information Technology for universal electricity access

July 4, 2018
| Mr Martand Shardul
| ET Energy World

The flagship programmes of the government - Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or Saubhagya Scheme -- are harnessing both central grid and decentralized or off-grid based approaches for providing electricity access across all villages and to all households, respectively. In the current paradigm, India has earned the reputation of being one of the top performers in terms of the growth in electricity access, in recent years.

How India should address the challenge of utilizing biomass energy

May 24, 2018
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| ET Energy World

The technology for converting cow dung to useful commercial energy has been in use in large dairy farms across the world. The useful energy goes up about three times with modern technology. The technologies for using wood and crop residues as a source of useful energy have also matured. Heating wood by restricting the flow of air converts it into charcoal. Recent developments have created a window of opportunity for a smooth transformation in the use of bio energy in the country.

Many Indian villagers still waiting for promised electricity

May 21, 2018 |
May 21, 2018
Nikkei Asian Review

According to the government's definition, a village is considered "electrified" once it is connected to the grid by a transmission line and when public places like schools and clinics and at least 10% of the homes get power. So far only 1,423 of India's 18,452 villages, or 8% of the total, have 100% household connectivity, according to official data. About 31 million homes are yet to get any power, the largest chunk of which are in Uttar Pradesh. The Government has promised to get power to all the remaining 31 million homes by December -  that means wiring up 150,000 households a day.


Charging Power - Understanding Electricity Pricing and the Willingness to Pay for Electricity in India

February 15, 2017

The issue of energy access and the associated willingness to pay for energy services has been extensively researched and studied globally as well as in India. To provide useful recommendations for future electricity-pricing debates, this study undertook a comprehensive literature review and stakeholder interviews to examine and quantify the existing evidence on the Willingness to Pay (WTP) for electricity supply in India. It compared these findings with the current electricity-pricing mechanisms to derive recommendations on future electricity pricing and subsidy policies.

Solar PV for Enhancing Electricity Access in Kenya: What Policies are Required?

July 1, 2015

Modern energy services are crucial to human well-being and to a country's economic development; and yet globally over 1.3 billion people are without access to electricity and 2.6 billion people are without clean cooking facilities. More than 95 per cent of these people are either in Sub-Saharan African or developing Asia and 84 per cent are in rural areas (International Energy Agency, 2015).

Bundling Improved Cooking and Lighting Technology for Energy Access

June 8, 2015

There is no definitive understanding of what energy services are entailed in 'access to energy' for a household. The Global Tracking Framework of SE4All1 provides a comprehensive definition of energy access-positing that a household in the basic 'tier' of energy access has 'task lighting and phone charging' and a 'manufactured solid-fuel cookstove with conformity, convenience, and adequacy'. India has 75 million households without access to electricity.2 The situation with regard to cooking energy is more overwhelming-166 million households depend on solid fuels3 for their cooking needs.


CSR engagements to provide clean energy solutions

We customize and disseminate clean technologies to facilitate the energy starved population in benefitting from clean and affordable solar lighting solutions. This is done by replacing kerosene/paraffin lanterns with solar lighting devices, thereby facilitating the provision of better illumination, and a kerosene smoke-free indoor environment for women.

Impact evaluation of CSR intiatives

We help prepare impact evaluation reports of the CSR initiatives for communities.


Associate Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods
Area Convenor, Centre for Rural Action
Area Convenor, Cent. for Impact, Eval & Energy Access, Bang
Area Convenor, Cent. for Impact,Eval & Energy Access, Delhi
Senior Director, Social Transformation