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  The Asian Regional Energy Initiative of the IEI

Powering a village sustainably: generating electricity from waste-based biogas

IEI-Bangalore has been involved with facilitating sustained rural access to improved energy services based on more efficient devices and/or new and renewable sources of energy.  We have earlier implemented other village programmes. Biogas was delivered for stove fuelling to homes dependent on sold biomass, through linkage with a newly established dairy.  Elsewhere, improved irrigation facilities were provided to small farmers through efficient pumping and delivery systems.

We are now establishing an electricity enterprise in a village that has been linked to the state grid but, as in most rural areas, experiences power shut-downs during periods of peak demand.  Electricity will be generated through a 100% biogas-fuelled generator.  The fuel will be generated from the waste of a dairy that is being created locally.  Electricity will be supplied to all homes and for other services, as required.  The revenue from the sale of milk and biogas-effluents (as manure) will provide the required income to meet any additional operating costs.  IEI will establish the system and train local people for its operation and maintenance.

The village chosen for this enterprise is Kempapura (13 8 N, 77 11 E), in Magadi taluk, Ramanagara district, Karnataka state.  It has a population of 275. [Click here for pictures].

The main financial support for the implementation is being obtained from the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, as this is one of the projects they have selected for their 6th round of Sustainable Energy Project Support [link].

India Power Best Practice Network - Integrated Resource Planning Initiative 

IEI-Bangalore has, over the past two decades, worked on various aspects of integrated resource planning (IRP) from the concept, to its applicability to power sector planning in various states of the country and abroad.

As mentioned in our last newsletter, the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), as part of the Indian Power Sector Best Practice Network (BPN) had asked IEI-Bangalore to prepare a series of short written analyses of integrated planning approaches for the power sector.  These approaches are intended, if implemented, to create a future Indian power system that is clean, efficient, affordable, reliable, and universally accessible.

We have prepared a paper that describes the concept of IRP and examples of its recent practice.  Planning for the power sector -- to the extent that supply- and demand-side options have been juxtaposed, or least-cost principles have been applied, or risk-related optimal portfolios are considered have been described.  We are now working on a second paper: this focuses on the Indian system and considers how an IRP process for the power sector could be effected, based on recent legal, policy and institutional changes, and possible scenarios that can be envisaged.