International Energy Initiative,
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 chiefly in villages, where we have been working on extending and improving energy services.  These services have been based on conversion of renewable sources to cleaner carriers or the introduction of more efficient methods and devices.  We are also trying to ensure sustainability through the association of better energy services 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 households with lighting and water.  The main purpose of the project was to study the requirements during construction and operation, so that such systems could be replicated elsewhere.

  • 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 generation sustains the provision of better energy services.  Biogas is generated from the waste of local cattle-rearing facilities or fruit plantations.  Local people are employed in the activities.  Gas is supplied as stove fuel or else for powering a generator and thereby providing electricity.  The net revenue supports the continued operation of the system.  More information is provided in the Village energy services section.