Supporting green power

The Energy [R]evolution demonstrates how the world can get from where we are now, to where we need to be in terms of phasing out fossil fuels, cutting CO2 while ensuring energy security. This includes illustrating how the world’s carbon emissions from the energy and transport sectors alone can peak by 2015 and be cut by over 80 percent by 2050. This phase-out of fossil fuels offers substantial other benefits such as independence from world market fossil fuel prices as well as the creation of millions of new green jobs.

In India, because our energy infrastructure is not fully developed as yet, we have the opportunity to make the right choices today. We can choose between abundantly available renewable and sustainable energy that is the way the world is going to be powered in the future or the old, dirty energy technologies that will drive India’s dependence on foreign countries for supply of fuel, whether it is nuclear, coal or oil.

Decentralised renewable energy:

In an effort to bring about this revolution, Greenpeace India is working to promote Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE).  Decentralised energy systems are based on the idea that energy doesn’t have to be generated in one giant centre and then transported long distances. It can be generated near the place it is needed, and often under the control of the people who will use it.

As decentralised energy system serves people locally, it will necessarily be smaller than the huge power stations in a centralised system.  Renewable energy technologies are ideally suited to this type of small-scale energy generation and have the advantage that they won’t pollute the air, water and land of the people who live nearby.  Renewable energy technologies also don’t generate greenhouse gases and therefore won’t exacerbate climate change.

In India, where the vast size of the country and the huge power deficits mean that most people – particularly those in rural areas – can’t rely on their electricity supply, DRE systems are particularly relevant.  The beauty of operating on such a small scale means that the energy supply can be designed to exactly suit the needs of the community it serves.

Depending on the natural resources available, people can choose to capture solar power, wind power, the power of moving water using micro-hydro technology, or a combination of all of three. There are many other forms of renewable energy present in the world too, and we’re getting better at capturing them. Systems can be isolated – these are called ‘stand-alone’ – or can even be connected to the main electricity grid – these are called ‘grid interactive’. Grid interactive systems have the advantage that the owners of the system can actually sell power to the grid if they generate excess, creating another source of income for them, or draw extra power if they find they ever need more.

Examples of DRE systems are cropping up all over India.  In Bihar, over one lakh people are using electricity made from waste rice husk.  In Ladakh, tribal communities are processing their farm produces with machines powered by micro-hydro. In Karnataka, villagers are cooking food on clean gas flames produced by cow manure. We’ve set out to document some examples such as these and will be posting the details soon.

The latest updates

 

Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana Social Survey Report, Srikakulam district,...

Publication | May 13, 2011 at 15:00

The Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) is a flagship programme of the government of India which began in April 2005 and aimed to accelerate the pace of rural electrification programme in the country.

राजीव गांधी ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण योजना सामाजिक सर्वेक्षण रिपोर्ट, आज़मगढ़ उत्तर प्रदेश

Publication | May 10, 2011 at 13:30

ऊर्जा मंत्रालय इस योजना को क्रियान्वित करने वाली नोडल एजंसी बनाई गयी ताकि राष्ट्रीय सामान्य न्यूनतम कार्यक्रम “नेशनल कामन मिनिमम प्रोग्राम (एनसीएमपी) के तहत सन 2010 तक सभी घरों में बिजली पहुंचाने के लक्ष्य को अनिवार्य रूप से हासिल किया जा सके।

Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana Social Survey Report, Azamgarh district,...

Publication | May 10, 2011 at 13:00

The Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) is a flagship programme of the government of India which began in April 2005 and aimed to accelerate the pace of rural electrification programme in the country.

Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana Social Survey Report, Madubani, Bihar

Publication | May 5, 2011 at 14:14

The Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) is a flagship programme of the government of India which began in April 2005 and aimed to accelerate the pace of rural electrification programme in the country. The Ministry of Power is the...

राजीव गांधी ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण योजना सामाजिक सर्वेक्षण रिपोर्ट, मधुबनी बिहार

Publication | May 5, 2011 at 13:30

राजीव गांधी ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण योजना (आरजीजीवीवाई) भारत सरकार द्वारा अप्रैल 2005 में चालू की गयी थी। इस योजना का उद्देश्य देश में ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण अभियान को गति प्रदान करना है।

आरजीजीवाई सामजिक सर्वेक्षण रीपोर्ट सारण ज़िला बिहार

Publication | May 4, 2011 at 12:00

राजीव गांधी ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण योजना (आरजीजीवीवाई) भारत सरकार द्वारा अप्रैल 2005 में चालू की गयी थी। इस योजना का उद्देश्य देश में ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण अभियान को गति प्रदान करना है। ऊर्जा मंत्रालय इस योजना को क्रियान्वित करने वाली नोडल एजंसी...

RGGVY Bihar, Saran survey report

Publication | May 2, 2011 at 17:30

The Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) is a flagship programme of the Government of India which began in April 2005 and aimed to accelerate the pace of rural electrification programme in the country. The scheme has focused mainly on...

RGGVY social audit: Information about Andhra Pradesh

Publication | March 31, 2011 at 12:49

In the backdrop of rising power crisis in Andhra Pradesh, Greenpeace along with Bapuji Rural Enlightenment Development Society (BREDS) launched the first social audit of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in the state.

RGGVY policy brief

Publication | March 28, 2011 at 14:07

In India today 56% of rural households (approximately 78 million), do not have access to electricity. Rural electrification has been identified as a critical programme for the development of rural areas.

Empowering Bihar

Publication | October 21, 2010 at 14:31

Bihar is India’s third most populated state, and more than half the people live below the poverty line. For many years the state has been immobilised by an obdurate caste system and linked political corruption, and many have little or no access...

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