Rural Electrification in India: Economic and Institutional Aspects of Renewables

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James Cust

University of Oxford - Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OXCarre)

Anoop Singh

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur - Department of Industrial & Management Engineering

Karsten Neuhoff

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: December 1, 2007

Abstract

The paper assesses the demand for rural electricity services and contrasts it with the technology options available for rural electrification. Decentralised Distributed Generation can be economically viable as reflected by case studies reported in literature and analysed in our field study. Project success is driven by economically viable technology choice; however it is largely contingent on organisational leadership and appropriate institutional structures. While individual leadership can compensate for deployment barriers, we argue that a large scale roll out of rural electrification requires an alignment of economic incentives and institutional structures to implement, operate and maintain the scheme. This is demonstrated with the help of seven case studies of projects across north India.

Keywords: Rural Electrification, Distributed Generation, Renewable Energy, India

JEL Classification: D23, L94, Q42

Suggested Citation

Cust, James and Singh, Anoop and Neuhoff, Karsten, Rural Electrification in India: Economic and Institutional Aspects of Renewables (December 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2760810 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2760810

James Cust (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OXCarre) ( email )

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Anoop Singh

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur - Department of Industrial & Management Engineering ( email )

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Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208016
India

Karsten Neuhoff

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

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Berlin, 10117
Germany

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