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.



  • lighting billion lives

    Discussion Paper

    Potential for electrifying Indian MSMEs

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  • micro grid installation


    Renewable Energy to Responsible Energy: A Call to Action

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  • micro credit


    Bringing down the sun to power India's small enterprises

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  • micro credit


    Firewood Consumption and Forest Degradation in Himalayan states: A Review of Research Gaps

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    Improving reliability for underserved communities: How lessons from Nigeria could strengthen the Indian electricity grid

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Tourism in the new normal post Covid-19: Is eco-tourism the solution?

Ms Rashmi Murali

The acknowledgement by policymakers, host communities, and even some travellers on the negative effects of mass tourism have led to formulation of policies on sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism builds on the basic principles of local procurement while assimilating local culture.

Firewood Consumption and Forest Degradation in Himalayan states: A Review of Research Gaps

Dr Deborshi Brahmachari

The usage and dependence on firewood is more prominent in the Indian Himalayan region due to the additional requirements of room and water heating throughout the year

Improving reliability for underserved communities: How lessons from Nigeria could strengthen the Indian electricity grid

Dr Debajit Palit

Designed to help address the millions of customers who remain underserved in Nigeria, the undergrid model has wide-reaching implications for countries – worldwide – particularly countries like India, where reliable last-mile supply of electricity continues to be a challenge.

Bringing down the sun to power India's small enterprises

Mr Prashanta Kumar Swain

A study by TERI explored the feasibility and potential of solar PV applications in the MSME sector in rural India. Here's what it found

Can decentralised cold storage models be a piece of the puzzle in easing farmer distress?

Mr Amit Kumar

Decentralised models such as solar-biomass cold storage can help preserve horticultural produce, giving farmers the freedom to look for the best price and providing a buffer in uncertain times like the Covid-19 crisis

Ujjwala achieves target of 8 cr LPG connections but a lot remains undone

Mr Saswata Chaudhury

Providing LPG is necessary but not sufficient. The government needs to adopt supplementary measures to incentivize higher utilization of LPG to succeed in its objective of providing clean fuel.


World Sustainable Development Summit 2024

February 7, 2024
to February 9, 2024

 7-9 February 2024 | New Delhi

COP28 Side Event | Just Energy Transitions and SDGs: Tools and Enablers

December 5, 2023
to December 5, 2023

Energy transition is key to meeting the Paris Agreement temperature goals. Energy contributes the largest share to net global greenhouse gas emissions when considering both supply and demand sectors. According to the IPCC, CO2 from fossil fuels and industry accounted for 64% of the share of global net anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases in 2019.

2nd Development Working Group Meeting, Side Event

April 6, 2023
to April 6, 2023

6 April 2023 | 1:45 PM – 5:00 PM (IST)

Promoting clean energy for micro-enterprises in Uttar Pradesh- pathways for just transition and livelihoods’

November 2, 2022
to November 2, 2022

On 2th November 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

AES India and TERI Workshop on Innovative Solar Technologies and Battery Storage Solutions to Accelerate India's Decarbonization Mission

December 14, 2021
to December 14, 2021

The workshop through expert discussions aims to present technologies, share global experiences and deliberate on ways in which the overall objectives of sustainable growth of solar can be supported to accelerate India’s decarbonization mission

State Consultative Roundtable Dialogue on PM KUSUM and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

July 7, 2021
to July 7, 2021

The consultative dialogue will present the key takeaways from the 'Guidebook for State Policymakers on Maximizing the Social and Environmental Benefits from Solar Pump Schemes'

On 7th July 2021, 1500-1700 hrs


Will Gaza jeopardise India's energy resilience?

November 1, 2023
| Dr Saswata Chaudhury and Dr Sanchit Saran Agarwal

Given all the challenges, short- or medium-term geopolitical disturbance like Gaza would not be expected to influence the momentum to India's energy transition but India will definitely follow its own decarbonisation pathway, write Dr Saswata Chaudhury, Senior Fellow & AC, and Dr Sanchit Saran Agarwal, Associate Fellow, Energy Assessment & Modelling Division, TERI.

India needs to develop vibrant low carbon manufacturing industry

August 5, 2023 |
August 5, 2023

As India has set ambitious net-zero and energy transition goals, which is directly linked to sustainable development goals it will have to develop a vibrant low carbon manufacturing industry says Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute.

Aiming for a greener future, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Organized its First Ever Urja Arpan Conclave

April 25, 2023 |
June 14, 2023
The Week

Tata Power-DDL is working closely with global NGOs, premier academic institutions, and customers to create behavioural change among society at large, especially the youth, and is supported by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as Knowledge Partner.

India explores power links with Saudi Arabia, UAE

April 24, 2023 |
June 14, 2023

India would assess multiple power transmission corridors and select the most feasible routes for the global grid connectivity project says Mr A K Saxena, Senior Fellow & Senior Director, Electricity & Fuels Division, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Women, Energy Justice and Community Radio: Harmonizing the Wavelength

January 29, 2023
| Dr G Mini
| Ms Rashmi Murali
| Mr N S Prasad
| Energy Review, Vol 5(1)

In this article the author discussed about the unique accomplishment of a project implemented by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) with support from Innovate UK in 2021. The project successfully addressed the tripartite challenges related to energy access, gender empowerment and just transitions in Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand. The project involved launching various renewable energy-based technologies, one being the installation of solar PV system to support the operation of the Kumaon Vani - 90.4 MHz.

A credible G7 just energy transition partnership with the global south

June 25, 2022
| Mr Dipak Dasgupta, TERI and Mr Jean-Charles Hourcade is former Director of CIRED in France
| ET Energy World

The most difficult part will be financing the support to the social costs of the fossil fuel transition. In India, this involves displacement risks and costs to the very large coal and thermal power sectors, with over a million workers, several hundred thousand formal employees, pensioners, trade union workers, and social services. Transition plans will need to be designed, by the countries themselves, to allow least social cost and capture significant co-benefits (air quality).


Just Energy Transition Partnerships, Climate Action, and Minilateralism

November 24, 2023

Transitioning towards clean energy and renewable sources is a significant measure to restrict Greenhouse Gas emissions and meet the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement. Upcoming minilateral mechanisms, especially partnerships such as JETPs, despite setting ambitious targets have little to offer on recognizing the specific needs of the Global South to support sustainable energy transitions.

Clean fuel for cooking: Solution to achieve better air quality

February 5, 2021

The discussion paper 'Clean Fuel for Cooking: Solution to Achieve Better Air Quality' aims to analyse and estimate the financial support that may be required to encourage Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) consumers to switch to LPG for cooking their major meals, over and above the existing subsidy and other financial incentives, as well as to identify a

Opportunities with Biofuel: Co-benefit of Air Quality Improvement

December 5, 2019

While biofuels have been discussed as one of the ways to reduce air pollution, changing the process of bio-diesel production is needed to reduce tailpipe emissions of nanoparticles. These are lesser known pollutants even more harmful than PM2.5 and PM10.

An implementation plan for a kerosene-to-solar subsidy swap

April 25, 2019

A new report provides a six-step implementation plan for governments to switch kerosene subsidies to solar and ensure clean energy for all

Kerosene to solar PV subsidy swap: The business case for redirecting subsidy expenditure from kerosene to off-grid solar

August 21, 2018

An exploration of the idea of gradually moving from subsidies on kerosene to investing in off-grid solar technologies for marginalised households

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.


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, Social Transformation and CSR
Fellow, Area Convenor