About Prayas (Energy Group)

Team

The word ‘Prayas’ means ‘focused effort’. Prayas is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Pune, India. Members of Prayas are professionals working to protect and promote the public interest in general, and interests of the disadvantaged sections of the society, in particular. Prayas consists of four groups working on different sectors and issues: health, energy, resources & livelihoods, and learning & parenthood. Prayas is also recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India.

Prayas (Energy Group), or PEG, has been active in furthering public-interest in the energy sector through analysis-based advocacy from around 1990. During this period, it has made significant contributions to the Indian energy sector and has established its credibility among the various actors in the sector through its comprehensive and analytically sound approach to issues. It strives to leverage its unique strengths to achieve lasting impacts through improvement in governance, prevention of gross inefficiencies, and optimizing resource use. To achieve this, PEG uses diverse tools and works with various stakeholders such as citizens groups and movements, researchers, media as well as the policy-makers and governance institutions. PEG is characterized by a compact group of high quality professionals with social commitment and strong ethical values working in an informal, non-hierarchical networked structure.

CREDENTIALS

Over the years, our key contributions have been

  • Institutionalizing transparency, accountability and public-participation in power sector regulation
  • Catalysing and strengthening civil society interventions in the energy sector
  • Exposure and early warning of inefficiencies
  • Innovative policy analysis and solutions

Our consistent and credible work in the sector has resulted in its becoming part of various committees and groups that have helped to shape the country’s energy policies. It has also received state and national awards for its work.

GOVERNANCE

PEG is governed by the Board of Trustees of Prayas. The Board comprises of social activists and researchers with considerable experience. For substantive guidance and social accountability, PEG has established a Review and Advisory Committee (RAC) consisting of respected individuals from diverse fields such as energy, media, scientific research, rural energy, law and socio-political activism. The RAC’s role is to review appropriateness and effectiveness of PEG’s work in furthering public interest and to provide guidance for future plans. We are sustained by donations from individuals and research grants from charitable foundations. PEG consciously refrains from taking up commercial consultancy assignments or accepting funding from corporate houses etc. as it could compromise its independence or autonomy, or be seen as such. We comply with all the regulatory reporting requirements under Indian law, and these submissions can be accessed from here.