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Johns Hopkins SAIS’s Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy develops new data platform for study of India’s rural electricity demands

India is in the midst of a rapid transformation. The country’s government has provided electricity to 25 million households and is on track to achieve universal access to electricity by its 2030 target date. Despite this progress, rural electrification in India remains a challenge for the government.
The school’s Initiative for Sustainable Energy (ISEP) and Smart Power India (SPI) recently released a data platform that details electricity demand in rural India. Based on the SPI-ISEP study, “Rural Electrification in India: Consumer Behaviour & Demand,” the data platform features data from 10,000 households and 2,000 rural enterprises across 200 villages in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, and Rajasthan. Additionally, the data platform provides data on customer experiences under a variety of electricity delivery models and additional insights into to electricity demand. 
Johannes Urpelainen, ISEP’s founding director and director of the school’s Energy, Resources and Environment program, is available for interviews and background discussions on the data set and can address the following:

  • Benefits and challenges to rural electrification
  • Lack of adequate and reliable power available in rural India
  • Affordability concerns for households and rural enterprises

To access the data platform, please visit
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019