Various schemes in the power sector and the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) have resulted in nearly every Indian household having an electricity and LPG connection.
While this is welcome, India’s per-capita energy consumption remains low at only about a third of the global average and is seen as a limiting factor in India’s human development. This article proposes some ideas to ensure that households shift to clean-burning cooking fuel options, and to effectively plan and manage the resultant increase in residential energy demand. The electricity issue was dealt with in the article ‘100% rural electrification is not enough’ (published in BusinessLine, April 27).
Cooking energy challenge
Over seven crore new LPG connections have been given to poor households under PMUY. But ensuring that households continue to use LPG or other clean-burning cooking fuels on a sustained basis is a harder task and requires a four-pronged approach. Read More