When villages plug in by Aditya Batra
May 15, 2010, Down to Earth

In Nepal, lost in the chaos of political upheavals, a silent revolution is afoot.
In remote villages of this mountainous and energy-starved country people are demanding their right to electricity.
They say electricity is a national good; everyone must have a right to it.

A consumer movement is born
May 15, 2010, Down to Earth

Villages plug into the grid, manage their own supply
Across Nepal, close to 420 electricity user groups, cooperatives and committees are working to extend the grid into villages. They are taking charge of electricity distribution, maintenance and ‘customer service’. Together they have electrified 176,000 rural households according to nea; another 90,000 are in the pipeline. These numbers are significant because 70 per cent of rural Nepal is not connected to the grid.

In his linen kurta and bandhani turban, 28-year-old Puranmal stood out among the dark suits and ties at the Creative Lantern Awards. Organised by the India chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA), the ceremony toasted a unique environmental initiative that is lighting up the lives of men and women like Puranmal who live far beyond the bright arc of big cities. For Puranmal, a resident of Gherta (five hours from Jaipur), life came to a standstill after sunset. Like 400 million other Indians, the 900 villagers here had no electricity. \"Many of the villagers suffered from eye infections because of the carbon dioxide in the fumes from kerosene lamps,\"
It takes a solar lantern to change destinies
by , The Times of India, 25 January, 2009
Source : ttp://www.hedon.info/BoilingPoint56. This article showcases the successful establishment of cluster level biodiesel resource centres catering to rural energy demands and the creation of livelihood opportunities in over 70 villages in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. Central to this initiative has been the ongoing experiences with communities who collect and sell seeds of the indigenous tree Pongamia pinnata. A combination of widespread awareness and promotion, technology development and demonstration, training and marketing are essential factors for success. Important to this initiative has been the notion of using the already existing (but neglected) resources rather than cultivation of any biofuel crop which needs large scale resources. Growing energy needs, coupled with fluctuating international oil prices, are forcing India to tap into renewable energy resources to address the energy crisis. The Government of India launched a national programme to promote the large scale cultivation of the plants Jatropha curcas and Pongamia pinnata for biodiesel production. However, the programmes are long term and need time to reach the farmers in remote areas. In addition, the current subsidy provisions for: kerosene to those below the poverty line; diesel to fishermen; and electricity at subsidised or free cost to farmers for irrigation, are faced with inefficient public distribution systems leading to widespread shortage of energy resources in rural areas.
Successful utilisation of indigenous bioenergy resources for economic advancement in rural Maharashtra, India
by Kavita Rai, Jayant Sarnaik, India Environment Portal, 01 February, 2009
With an aim to provide an eco-friendly solution to the unsolved problem of disposing kitchen waste, an innovator from Kerala has designed a compact, kitchen biogas plant and waste disposal plant, to help digest biodegradable food waste and produce biogas for cooking purpose.
Compact \'biokitch\' to help generate biogas from kitchen waste
by Chitra Unnithan, The Business Standard, 26 December, 2008