Energy Access & Village Inventory

Today 1.2 billion people still lack access to basic energy services, while 2.7 billion still lack access to clean cooking facilities. The lack of basic energy service impacts on all aspects of human life, from healthcare to clean water, proper housing, education and the potential to earn a living.


WP_energy accessWhile access to energy is usually synonymous with a household electricity connection, it does not encompass the range of lighting and cooking products available to households, nor does it address deficiencies in quantity and quality of energy supply, or household, community and productive uses of electricity. The lack of a ground-level assessment of the availability of resources and skills available in villages hinders deployment. The inability to assess the actual demand, the limited understanding of the willingness or ability to pay, and the difficulty in selecting the appropriate technology options, have led to the failure of many village electrification schemes.


To address this issue, the World Energy Council is conducting a pilot project with the overall target of creating a comprehensive database of villages. This database will capture the vital information required in order to better understand the problem at the village level, and will increase the chances of success for  village electrification schemes. The village inventory pilot is currently being carried out in India with the support of WEC-India and VVKI, a unit of the Art of Living Foundation. With the experience from the pilot project the WEC will approach partners to discuss how to take the project to the next level and address the current lack of solid data, both on access to electricity and clean cooking facilities.

CP Jain, Chair of the Energy Access study group

WP_CP JainC.P. Jain is the Executive Chair of the Energy Access study group.

Mr C.P. Jain, was Chairman & Managing Director of NTPC, the largest power utility in India, between September 2000 and March 2006. He led the market entry of NTPC through its IPO in 2004, placing it among top three companies in terms of market capitalisation in India. Mr Jain also led the transformation of NTPC into an integrated global energy major, dealing in all the links of the energy value-chain covering coal mining, natural gas and LNG value-chain, power trading, power distribution and hydro power development. He positioned NTPC among the best Indian employers in prestigious surveys by the Business Today-Hewitt Associates, Mercer Consulting-Business Today and others. Mr Jain had been the Chairman of the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex organisation of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) in India for the period, 2003-05. Mr Jain has been awarded Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year – Manager’ Award 2005 and “SCOPE Award for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to the Public Sector Management Individual Category” for the year 2003-04. Mr Jain was Chairman of the Global Studies Committee of World Energy Council London and a Member of its Officers Council for 6 years, up to September 2010.

“Nearly one third of humanity suffers due to poor or no access to energy.  Our study on energy access, focusing on creating a village inventory, will provide policymakers and industry leaders with a unique tool to make informed decisions by sharing practical energy access solution in the context of varied demographic profiles and locally available resources that they can use to meet their needs.” 

For further information, contact Sandra Winkler, Associate Director, Head of Policies at WEC.

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