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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Research Intern – Energy efficiency in Indian households – Key barriers and strategies for scaling-up

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Designation offered: Research Intern – Energy efficiency in Indian households – Key barriers and strategies for scaling-up

Reporting to: Programme Lead

Location: New Delhi

Duration: Two to six months


The residential electricity demand in India is expected to increase multi-fold in near future, on account of rising incomes, population increase, urbanisation, and rise in the share of newly electrified households. Demand for space cooling, in particular, expected to increase three-fold over the next decade. The rising demand and changing consumption patterns would have significant implications on suppliers’ ability to provide reliable electricity services at affordable prices, peak demand management and reducing the carbon footprint of the electricity sector as a whole. In order to address the impending challenges, it important to understand the electricity services that households are seeking at present and are likely to pursue in near future. A better information about the range and quality of appliances, particularly white goods, their usage patterns and the appliance purchase behaviour can yield valuable insights on the factors shaping the power consumption in India’s residential sector.

Several initiatives are in place to help consumers adopt energy efficient appliances, most of these being led by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency at the national level, and respective nodal agencies at the state level. Some of the past evaluations focused on urban areas point towards the changing customer perceptions and awareness about these initiatives. Yet, a comprehensive evaluation of how far the initiatives on energy efficiency have been successful in popularising the importance of energy saving and facilitating access to star-labelled products is missing. A comprehensive evaluation of the levels of penetration of energy efficient appliances and the key barriers hindering their uptake and use is critical to identify suitable strategies to promote efficient use of electricity within the residential sector.

Research Objectives

The study will involve assessment of the uptake of energy efficient appliances among the residential consumers in India, and identification of effective strategies to create a conducive environment to promote their use at scale. In particular, the study will focus on the following research questions:

  • How energy efficient are Indian homes, when measured by the level of penetration of energy-efficient appliances?
  • What is the level of awareness of Indian households regarding the utility and availability of energy efficient appliances? What are the key factors hindering the uptake and use of such appliances (affordability, awareness, availability, trust)?
  • What are the various schemes, policies and programmes that governments in India are implementing to support energy-efficiency in the residential sector?
  • What additional policy measures or efforts are required to address the existing barriers and support a deeper penetration of efficient products in a timely manner?


The study will use a combination of primary and secondary data to answer the research questions. The primary data would come from the India Residential Energy Survey that CEEW is undertaking. It is a nationally representative survey of 14,592 urban and rural households spread across 21 states in India. The secondary analysis would be based on the review of the existing literature and government policies and documents.

Shortlisting Criteria and key skills:

  • Working knowledge of some statistical software like STATA or R.
  • Ability to analyse large data sets data and problem solving approach
  • Ability to summarise the insights/findings as reports and presentations.
  • Ability and willingness to dig deeper into details, while also keeping a sense of the broader objectives and big picture.

Application Process

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with 'Application: Research Intern – Energy efficiency in Indian households’ as the subject line. The last date to send applications is 31 January 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to apply at the earliest possible.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We appreciate your interest.