In­dia En­ergy Ac­cess Sum­mit

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Over 400 lead­ers from busi­ness en­ter­prises, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and gov­ern­ment have re­newed their com­mit­ment in sup­port­ing In­dia achieve na­tional cli­mate plans to de­liver ac­cess to sus­tain­able en­ergy and drive In­dia’s low car­bon tran­si­tion at this year’s In­dia En­ergy

Ac­cess Sum­mit.

The sum­mit, con­vened by The Cli­mate Group and the Clean En­ergy Ac­cess Net­work (CLEAN) and in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of New and Re­new­able En­ergy (MNRE), was held in New Delhi.

Speak­ing at the sum­mit, Suresh Prabhu, Rail­way Min­is­ter, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, said, “I would like to con­grat­u­late The Cli­mate Group, which has been do­ing great work in the field of pro­vid­ing re­new­able en­ergy in the most re­mote parts of In­dia. There are around 2 bil­lion peo­ple in the world with­out ac­cess to elec­tric­ity. De­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of the en­ergy grid is good as it helps cre­ate more jobs and brings for­ward in­no­va­tion. This also saves on costs of putting ad­di­tional in­fra­struc­ture in for trans­mis­sion.”

At the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of the sum­mit, Richard Verma, Am­bas­sador of the United States of Amer­ica to In­dia, said, “Ex­pand­ing ac­cess to en­ergy in In­dia is fun­da­men­tal to the devel­op­ment that needs to and will hap­pen in com­ing years. With­out elec­tric­ity, it is sim­ply im­pos­si­ble to cre­ate the nec­es­sary jobs, homes, fac­to­ries, of­fices, schools, and other nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture. Es­ti­mates sug­gest that if In­dia suc­ceeds in meet­ing its am­bi­tious devel­op­ment goals, the coun­try’s en­ergy con­sump­tion, which has dou­bled over the past 15 years, may triple or even quadru­ple in com­ing decades.”

Fol­low­ing In­dia’s pledge to cut na­tional emis­sions at the UN Paris Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence (COP21), driv­ing de­cen­tralised clean en­ergy across the coun­try is a fo­cal point for the na­tion’s low car­bon en­ergy tran­si­tion – as around 240 mil­lion peo­ple in In­dia, still have no ac­cess to elec­tric­ity.

The In­dia En­ergy Ac­cess Sum­mit is fo­cused on th­ese pro­grammes and ad­dresses con­cerns around achiev­ing th­ese tar­gets. It will ad­dress the coun­try­wide need to up-scale re­new­able en­ergy tech­nolo­gies, fu­ture-proof busi­ness mod­els, build ca­pac­ity and skills that ad­dress the evolv­ing land­scape of state and cen­tral gov­ern­ment poli­cies on en­ergy ac­cess.

In his of­fi­cial open­ing re­marks, Kr­ish­nan Pal­las­sana, In­dia Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor at The Cli­mate Group, said, “Now is the time for us all to take the ini­tia­tive and ac­cel­er­ate ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion. There are still over 7000 vil­lages await­ing to be con­nected to the en­ergy grid, which the Min­istry of Power en­vi­sions elec­tri­fy­ing by the end of the year. Strength­en­ing th­ese sys­tems to meet na­tional cli­mate action plans and the goal of achiev­ing en­ergy ac­cess across In­dia – the sev­enth Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goal of low car­bon en­ergy ac­cess for all – will al­low them to be met faster and more ef­fec­tively.”

Hari Natara­jan, CEO at Clean En­ergy Ac­cess Net­work (CLEAN), re­marked, “This year’s sum­mit will not only show­case in­dus­try best prac­tices in im­prov­ing en­ergy ac­cess but also en­cour­age pri­vate sec­tor start-ups, as well as es­tab­lished busi­nesses work­ing to serve the ru­ral and ur­ban poor to fur­ther hone their con­sumer ori­en­ta­tion and evolve their ser­vice de­liv­ery mod­els to se­cure their long term sus­tain­abil­ity in an in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket, in or­der to achieve MNRE’s draft mini-grid pol­icy avow­ing its com­mit­ment to fa­cil­i­tate the in­stal­la­tion of at least 10,000 mini-grids with a to­tal in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 500 MW by 2021.”

The sum­mit opened with a work­shop fo­cused on en­ergy ac­cess, fol­lowed by a mini-grid round-ta­ble hosted by The Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion and a high level in­ter-min­is­te­rial round-ta­ble with pol­icy-mak­ers from MNRE and Min­istries of Fi­nance, Agri­cul­ture and Health. The sum­mit ended with a day fo­cused on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and LED light­ing as a way to drive univer­sal en­ergy ac­cess in In­dia.

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