Rural Electricity Demand in India


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India is leading the global progress in electricity access. The country has recently declared 100% electrification, including its villages. However, questions remain – does everyone now have access to quality electric power? Is improved electricity access enabling electricity to all segments of customers? Do the electrified villages receive the quality and amount of electricity that is required to see improvements in their lives?

The Rockefeller Foundation, Smart Power India, and the Johns Hopkins SAIS Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) spear-headed a project to answer these questions, collecting primary research from over 10,000 households and 2,000 rural micro-enterprises across four Indian states. The resulting report titled – ‘Rural Electrification in India: Consumer Behaviour and Demand’ – furthers the discussion around India’s rural electricity access, customer demand behaviour and service satisfaction.

Moderator:

**Johannes Urpelainen, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Panelists:

**Sidhartha Vermani, Senior Director, Smart Power India

**Michaël Aklin, Director of Energy Access, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy

**Suman Sureshbabu, Associate Director, Power Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

A light reception will follow

Location

Johns Hopkins University Room 500
1717 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20036

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