Asian Regional Energy Initiative,
80-B Spencer Road, 2nd Cross, Fraser Town,
Bangalore 560 005,
+91 80 2555 3563
The Asian Regional Energy
Initiative of the IEI
Our action programmes have been
in villages, where we have been demonstrating alternate ways of
extending and improving energy services. These services have
been based on conversion of renewable sources to cleaner carriers
and/or the installation of more energy-efficient devices. We are also
trying to ensure sustainability of improved energy services
through the linkage with employment- and income-generating activities.
Rural electricity and
water supply utilities (REWSUs):
We had conducted a
project in the state of Karnataka for the establishment of nine
“rural electricity and water-supply
utilities” (REWSUs). Electricity was to be generated in
each village using dual-fuelled (biogas-diesel) engines. Biogas
was generated from cattle-dung purchased from local
cattle-owners. The electricity was intended for supplying
electric services (chiefly lighting) and water
(for selected hours of the day). The main purpose of the
project was to study the requirements during construction and
operation, so that such systems could be replicated elsewhere.
study was carried out to
assess the establishment and operation of the REWSUs and the
lessons learnt from the experiences.
Energy-development enterprises from renewable sources:
Nearly three quarters of the people in south-Asia live in rural
regions. Most families depend on collected biomass for cooking
fuel, and many homes do not have access to electricity. While
efforts are being made to extend modern energy services, there
is still a long way to go. Moreover, better energy options may
not be affordable on a long-term basis because they compete with
other urgent needs on the family budget. Hence we have
developed a model wherein income
is integrated with
provision of better energy services.
Thus far, the fuel generated has been based on
the waste of
cattle-rearing or fruit
and vegetable cultivation activities (introduced or improved).
Water- and energy-conservation have also been integrated.
are involved in the activities - both marginal farm-owners (for
additional income-generation) and labourers (for
Gas is supplied as stove fuel or else for powering a generator
and thereby providing electricity.
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