Shalu Agrawal, S.P. Harish, Aseem Mahajan, Daniel Thomas, Johannes Urpelainen
September 2020 | Power Markets
Suggested citation: Agrawal, S., Harish, S., Mahajan, A., Thomas, D. and Urpelainen, J., 2020. Influence of improved supply on household electricity consumption- Evidence from rural India. Energy, p.118544.
This paper investigates electricity use in India’s rural households and factors influencing consumption. It focuses on the effect of improved supply on consumption patterns. The inferences are made based on primary survey data of more than 10,000 households spread across 200 villages in four Indian states – Bihar, Rajasthan, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
Source: Authors’ analysis
Note: The squares represent average values at different supply hours, while error bars represent 95% confidence interval corresponding to estimation uncertainty.
Improved supply can lead to significant welfare gains for consumers, and allow distribution companies to tap into unmet electricity demand in rural areas.