village sustainably: generating electricity from waste-based
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
Best Practice Network - Integrated Resource Planning
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
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
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.