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 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 households with lifeline 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.  A 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 generation is integrated with the provision of better energy services.  Thus far, the fuel generated has been based on the waste of the cattle-rearing or fruit and vegetable cultivation activities (introduced or improved) Water- and energy-conservation have also been integrated.  Local people are involved in the activities - both marginal farm-owners (for additional income-generation) and labourers (for employment-wages).  Gas is supplied as stove fuel or else for powering a generator and thereby providing electricity.   More information is provided in the Village energy services section.