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Achieving Universal Energy Access in India

Achieving Universal Energy Access in India
Challenges and the Way Forward

First Edition
  • P. C. Maithani - Director, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
  • Deepak Gupta - Ex-Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India

April 2015 | 288 pages | SAGE India

Forty-five per cent of India’s rural population is without electricity and over 85 per cent is dependent on biomass to meet its cooking needs. Projections suggest that if the present trends continue, a large section of India’s rural population will remain without access to modern energy services even in 2030. It also follows that energy access is not only a critical component for reducing rural poverty and drudgery but it is also one of the fundamental conditions for holistic rural development. 

The book takes a critical look at the present energy policy and addresses ways to improve energy penetration. In doing so it encourages the use of renewable energy as an alternate medium, challenging the traditional power proponents.

List of Abbreviations
The Importance of Energy Access
Global Status
India Electricity Status
Rural Electrification—Policy Landscape and Status of Access
Renewable Energy Options for Electricity Access
Challenges for Universal Electricity Access and Way Forward
Access to Cooking Energy
Subsidies and Funding
Energy Access and Rural Development
The Last Word

If you are looking for a definitive, fairly complete text on India’s energy problems with illustrative background stories of successes and failures (not just anecdotal case studies), strong technical solutions and policy recommendations, you would do very well and save a huge amount of time to start with this scholarly publication.

Business World, 8 February 2016

P. C. Maithani

P.C. Maithani is currently working as Director in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. During his professional career, he has worked on different aspects of renewable energy programmes and policies. Dr Maithani was Visiting Fellow with TERI for a year in 2006 and is also Visiting Faculty at TERI University. He holds doctorate in Physics from HNB Garhwal University and Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He has contributed many papers and articles and authored a book Renewable Energy in the Global Context. More About Author

Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta served as Secretary to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, from 1 July 2008 to 30 September 2011. He was instrumental in the launching of India’s ambitious national Solar Mission. He belongs to the 1974 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). A postgraduate in History from St Stephen’s College and MPhil in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, he did a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School, Harvard University, in 1992 as a Mason Fellow. He has worked in different areas in the central and state governments, including a deputation to India Trade Centre,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351501374