Energy Access Explorer Launch
Access to electricity is a pre-requisite for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of good health, quality education, clean water, sanitation and eventually, economic growth.
Even though India has achieved nearly 100% household electrification, many areas continue to be impacted due to lack of access to a reliable, sustainable and affordable electricity connections. Government data from 10 Indian states shows that more than 30% of the health sub-centres operate without access to an electricity connection. A large fraction of primary schools in these states have not been connected to the grid either. Many of these health centres and schools do not have regular and safe water supply for sanitation and drinking purposes. And most of these states lack cold chain storage and food processing facilities.
While the departments of energy and health, education and livelihood have been trying to address these problems at a sectoral level, there is an urgent need to understand the links between energy and development and to adopt an integrated approach to solve some of these challenging issues.
To help understand these links and to develop inferences from these datasets, WRI has developed the Energy Access Explorer (EAE) platform. It is an online, interactive platform that for the first-time ever, brings together data from development and electricity sectors.
EAE a) makes data accessible to all, b) enables identification of link between electricity and development, c) empowers users to make decisions on areas to focus and d) tracks progress on development and electricity indicators over the years.
On 19 March 2020, WRI India will launch the EAE platform for Jharkhand. This platform will provide an unique opportunity to visualize the energy, health, education and livelihood indicators and will aid in decision-making processes for the accelerated development of the state. The launch will lay the foundation stone for inter-sectoral and inter-agency conversations on developing an integrated approach to improve the developmental indicators so the state can reach its full potential.
WRI India invites academic institutions, development practitioners, energy enterprises, investors, government agencies and civil society organizations to participate in the event on 19 March in Ranchi, Jharkhand.