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ACCESS Survey

ACCESS Survey

The Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity – Survey of States (ACCESS) is India's largest energy access survey, covering more than 9000 households, 756 villages and 54 districts, across Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

First conducted in 2015 by CEEW, in collaboration with Columbia University, the survey collected over 2.5 million data points via an expansive data collection process, lasting more than a year. In phase two of the survey, these households were revisited to record changes in their state of energy access. Results from the second phase of the ACCESS survey were published in 2018. We analysed the data to understand the impact of the government’s efforts to improve energy access in rural India between 2015 and 2018.

ACCESS provides a first-of-its-kind multi-dimensional evaluation of the state of energy access in India and highlights multiple nuances associated with electricity access and cooking energy access such as the duration of supply, quality, reliability, affordability, availability, health and safety, and even legal status of the connection.

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