Energy access in India: today, and tomorrow

Energy is important both for economic development, but it also plays a major role in improving conditions at the household level. The notion of an energy poverty line is well accepted around the world. There is a large body of literature on how to measure income poverty and the reliability of alternate measures. The idea of measuring an energy poverty line is similar, but there is no consensus on the methodological and conceptual issues that define it. The objectives of this study are threefold: Characterization of the energy demand from households across the country (cross-sectional study); A longitudinal study comparing the progressive increase in energy access over two discrete time intervals; and A forecast of residential energy consumption trends out till 2052 and the breakdown by fuel category.