3rd Annual ‘Virtual’ Roundtable on Residential Electricity Consumption

Organised by Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Prayas (Energy Group) (PEG), and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD), University of Oxford

Date: September 22-23, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm IST (both days)

Rising demand for space-cooling from the use of appliances like ceiling fans, air-coolers, and air-conditioners has the potential of putting significant strain on India’s power system and increasing the greenhouse gas emissions. The challenge is to manage this demand in a sustainable manner.

In this virtual two-day event, six researchers presented different aspects related to this challenge. The presentations on the first day explored the social and behavioral patterns related to space cooling in Indian households and its impact on the electricity demand. The presentations on the second day focused on the effectiveness of the different policies and programmes that are aimed at managing the rise in cooling demand. A detailed agenda is available here.

CPR, PEG, and OICSD have been holding annual roundtable discussions on India’s residential electricity consumption for the last two years. These discussions aim to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners working on residential electricity demand to substantively share recently completed and on-going work as well as discuss challenges and future directions. This year, given the current pandemic situation, we decided to hold this event online.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Anna Agarwal (climate.initiative.cpr@gmail.com), Aditya Chunekar (energy@prayaspune.org), or Radhika Khosla (oicsd@some.ox.ac.uk).

Full recordings of the webinar can be accessed below.

September 22nd recording

September 23rd recording