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From fans to air conditions to refrigerators, appliances account for about 18 percent of global energy consumption, and India's rising urban population has a growing appetite for them. Energy-efficient appliances haven't caught on with Indian consumers, despite their clear cost and environmental benefits. Flawed governance is part of the reason why.

Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems: A Study of Rural Communities in India and Nepal

This study assesses and compares the benefits of electricity service to households and small enterprises from microgrids, solar home systems (SHS), and the national grid in select rural communities in India and Nepal. Electricity access, in general, leads to reduced kerosene use, more time spent...


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