Piyush Goyal launched Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity – Survey of States Report

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Who: Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity- Survey of States Report
What: Released
When: 29 September 2015

Piyush Goyal Union Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Energy, on 29 September 2015 launched ‘Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity – Survey of States Report’.

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.

The analysis in the report provides a first of a kind multi-dimensional evaluation of the state of energy access in India.

Highlights of the Report
• It highlights that about 300 million Indians rely on kerosene for lighting, and more than 800 million relying on traditional biomass.
• It says that the access to modern forms of energy is still a significant barrier to our development.
• It suggests that 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).