Narendra Modi’s government has transformed energy use in rural India


Narendra Modi’s government has transformed energy use in rural India

India’s villages are racing towards universal electricity access and clean cooking. But the challenge is to keep costs low.

A survey of over 9,000 rural households by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), a think tank based in New Delhi, has found a strong improvement in Indian villages’ access to energy. The survey was conducted in six of the country’s major energy-deprived states: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal.

Electricity through the national grid is now the main lighting source for 75% of India’s rural households. In 2015, when the last round of the survey was held, most of this population was burning kerosene oil for light. Read More

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