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Energy Transitions

Energy Transitions

Just like other emerging economies, India is undergoing multiple energy transitions. The country is gaining universal access to modern, reliable and affordable energy services on one hand while transitioning to a low-carbon energy mix on the other. The Council’s Energy Transitions team is supporting India’s and emerging economies’ double leapfrog to a clean energy future, albeit in a socially equitable and environmentally responsible manner. Our work focuses on:

  • Universal access to reliable and affordable energy: We use evidence-based research to deeply understand on-ground realities. Our research informs policies and programmes targeting the last mile to further equitable access to electricity and clean cooking energy.
  • Accelerated and diversified deployment of renewable energy: We engage with governments to inform the development and implementation of policies and programmes that help accelerate the deployment of utility-scale and distributed renewable energy (DRE) applications.
  • A people-centric energy transition: Our work focuses on ensuring that the transition towards renewable energy remains socially equitable and environmentally responsible. This includes identifying the differential impact of the transition on local marginalised communities and solving for challenges by developing policy interventions, highlighting employment prospects of the green economy and supporting skilling and re-skilling efforts. 

We gather and analyse primary data, and evaluate policies, and programmes. We undertake techno-economic studies, design bespoke solutions such as business models and pilot programmes, and create collaborative platforms to mainstream clean energy.

  • 800 million

    Indians got access to grid electricity between 2000-2020
    Source: CEEW analysis, 2020
  • ~2,200 GW

    of solar and wind capacity deployment needed by 2050 for India to reach net-zero emissions by 2070
    Source: CEEW analysis, 2021
  • 3.4 million

    people expected to be employed in India’s solar and wind sector by 2030
    Source: CEEW analysis, 2022
  • CEEW and NRDC’s reports capture a new dimension in accurately assessing manpower requirements in the solar and wind domain. It makes the path of Skill Council for Green Jobs more clear and visible in terms of capturing the opportunity for employability in the solar and wind domain.

    Praveen Saxena

    CEO, Skill Council for Green Jobs

  • CEEW has been a trusted resource partner for the advances made by the International Solar Alliance. Their independent analysis of renewable energy jobs and skills, and the risks plaguing the flow of investment into renewable energy in India is extremely valuable for the sector and for ISA’s mission.

    Upendra Tripathy

    Interim Director General, International Solar Alliance

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