International Energy Initiative,
Asian Regional Energy Initiative,
80-B Spencer Road, 2nd Cross, Fraser Town,
Bangalore 560 005,

+91 80 2555 3375

+91 80 2555 3375



The Asian Regional Energy Initiative of the IEI

Energy enterprises for development in rural areas: the case of clean cooking

As mentioned in our last quarterly newsletter (March ’07), IEI’s Bangalore branch is demonstrating an example of a rural energy-development model. The demonstration is being supported chiefly by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany (through its third round of Sustainable Energy Project Support). The main purpose is to address the need for clean and efficient cooking fuel for the economically-disadvantaged in rural India. While one village demonstration will take place during the project period of a year, this could be used to facilitate larger-scale replication. On the basis of suitability criteria drawn up during the initial stage of the project and a survey of several villages, one village in Tumkur district of the State of Karnataka has been selected for the demonstration. A dairy that can house about 100 cows will be established. This will be followed by the construction of biogas plants to be shared between adjoining households. Every home in this village will then be supplied with biogas (generated from cow dung). This fuel supply will be sustained through linkage with the dairy whose revenue from milk sales will accrue to the village co-operative. Construction of the dairy is in progress and plans for the biogas plants have been finalised. [Click here for a summary of progress, June 2007].

Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD), the journal of the International Energy Initiative: production and circulation

From the 1st of April 2007, the Regional Energy Initiative – Asia has been directly involved with the production of IEI’s journal Energy for Sustainable Development. This includes editorial processing, publishing, web site management, and circulation. A new web site dedicated to ESD, is being developed. The current issue (Vol. XI, No.2) can be accessed at

Shift of the office

The office of the Regional Energy Initiative – Asia and Energy for Sustainable Development is being moved to another location in Bangalore. The new address, valid from the 1st August 2007, will be:
Regional Energy Initiative – Asia,
International Energy Initiative (IEI),
# 80-B Spencer Road, 2nd Cross,
Fraser Town, Bangalore 560 005