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Energy Consumption Patterns in Indian Households: Insights from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra

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Author(s): Mokshda Kaul, Abhiram Sahasrabudhe, Shweta Kulkarni, Aditya Chunekar Publication Date: January, 2020

India’s household energy consumption patterns are changing rapidly. However, there is limited data and understanding of the ownership and usage patterns of different appliances and fuels for various end-uses at household level in India. In an attempt to add to the limited knowledge base, we conducted two detailed residential energy consumption surveys. This report discusses findings from the survey conducted across 3,000 semi urban and rural households in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.The objective of this survey was to gather insights on energy consumption patterns in rural and semi urban households of two states at different levels of development.

Insights from this survey, highlight the value of a detailed residential energy consumption survey (RECS). Periodically collecting such information which is representative at both national and sub-national level is crucial for informing and evaluating policies aimed at managing the rapidly changing household energy demand in India.

The survey questionnaire and the survey data along with a detailed codebook can also be found below.

A blog series on the insights from this survey can be found here.

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