Rural electrification: An unfinished task

23 Jun 2021
| India Together

Power connections are now available nearly everywhere across rural India. However, there is a long way to go before people in villages reliably get uninterrupted electricity that can help them live and work better. In the interview, Dr Debajit Palit, Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods Division, TERI, explains what is left to be done.

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Access is life

28 May 2021
| Environment of India

In an interview , Dr Debajit Palit, Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods, TERI, explains one of India's great success stories, of almost universal electrification of households, as well as how far we have to go.

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Shift from kerosene to solar to improve power supply for households: Study

18 Apr 2019
| ET Energy World

Switching subsidies from kerosene to off-grid solar products would improve electricity access for households still reliant on kerosene, according to a study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and TERI.

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Pollution is now a political subject, that's its big success: TERI chief Ajay Mathur

21 Nov 2018
| The Hindu

Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI is also a member of the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority and has been part of India's negotiating team in earlier editions of the United Nations-convened Conference of the Parties (COP). In this interview, Dr Mathur speaks about the expectations from the Katowice Climate Change Conference and how to tackle pollution.

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TERI lights up 50,000 Bihar households with solar home lighting systems

19 Jul 2018
| Mercon India

TERI has built a partnership with Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society's JEEViKA programme through an innovative institutional model to make clean energy products affordable to local women-based self-help groups (SHGs). To date, the program has benefitted over 50,000 households across Bihar by providing access to Solar Home Lighting Systems and clean cookstoves. The programme aims to complement the government's vision of enriching rural livelihoods by providing reliable electricity to

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Many Indian villagers still waiting for promised electricity

21 May 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

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Modi announces '100% village electrification', but 31 million Indian homes are still in the dark

07 May 2018
| Forbes

Homes without electricity are spread across major provinces of the country, such as Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, each having nearly 6 million unconnected households. 'Uttar Pradesh, the giant north Indian state, accounts for 14.6 million households without electricity access,' says Mr Debajit Palit, Associate Director at TERI. Electrification is a three-step process, Mr Palit explains. The first is to extend the infrastructure to the village, the second is

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Amid push for rural grid extension, distribution franchising could deliver reliable energy access in India

20 Dec 2017
| Medium

The government is banking on state-owned utilities and a centralized grid, but global trends point to a decentralized model in partnership with private sector, community. A rural franchise model for distribution and revenue collection was operational in more than a dozen states and produced a range of positive results in tens of thousands of villages based on analysis done by TERI. The model relied on nearly 5,000 “Self Help Groups” (SHGs), locally trained community teams responsible for

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Empowerment and energy in India

09 Dec 2017
| PV Magazine

While the benefits of energy access are less pronounced on a day-to-day basis than a well-lit childbirth, energy access plays a critical role in empowering women. There is much evidence of the income-generating potential of productivity-enhancing equipment, though this income boost doesn\'t necessarily translate into the empowerment of women within their community. Mr Debajit Palit, Associate Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods Division, TERI. emphasized that \"energy is a necessary, but

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NRL lights up seven villages in Assam

14 Nov 2017
| United News of India

Treading another step towards accomplishing its CSR objective of improving rural infrastructure, Numaligarh Refinery Limited provided Solar Home Lighting Systems (SHLS) to 290 un-electrified households in 7 villages in Assam during 2016-17. TERI was the partner Institute in planning, designing and implementation of the project. Villages covered under this rural electrification scheme are Lettekuchapori, Dhansiri Hahsara, Goroimari Balichapori, Borpak Nagabali, Madhabpur, Madhupur &

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US announces $7.5 million to advance India's power grid

21 Jun 2017
| The Economic Times

The US government will spend $7.5 million to help advance India's power grid, as part of the two countries' commitments to ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy. India's Ministry of Science and Technology and industry will match the commitment of US' Department of Energy, bringing the total commitment to $30 million. The Indian team, led by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, includes partners from IIIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, IIT Bhubaneshwar and TERI, New

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