India Energy Access Summit 2018 will bring together leaders to accelerate clean energy for all

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20 December 2017

NEW DELHI: The Climate Group and Clean Energy Access Network will host the third India Energy Access Summit from February 12-13, 2018, catalyzing leaders and innovators from India and beyond to accelerate clean power for all.

The Summit, now in its third year, will bring together policymakers, investors and businesses in the decentralized renewable energy (DRE) space to identify opportunities, challenges and successes in India’s fast-changing energy landscape.

Through high-level panel discussion, TED-style talks and thematic workshops, attendees will explore how scaling up decentralized renewable energy will simultaneously accelerate India’s energy transition as well as support the country’s commitments to deliver India’s Nationally Determined Contributions on climate and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Panel discussions will be split across two days and will range from sessions about India’s leadership on 100% electrification by 2022, the role of the private sector, and big data analytics for energy access, to enabling India’s mainstream financing for scaling up DRE. A draft agenda is available on the event page.

In India, it is estimated that more than 230 million people do not have access to electricity, so rely on dangerous, fossil-fuel based energy sources such as kerosene lamps. Without access to modern electricity, income generation and other socio-economic benefits are limited.

While the government aims to provide electricity to all households by 2022, DRE plays a vital role in meeting the reliable, affordable power requirements of these under-served communities more urgently.

Jarnail Singh, India Director, The Climate Group, says: "The third India Energy Access Summit will explore the new role of decentralized renewable energy as well as the business community in accelerating clean power for all – the mission that underpins India’s superlative performance towards achieving its SDGs.

“The 2018 Summit will also capitalize on the unprecedented political will that is currently being exhibited by the Government of India to electrify all households by 2022. We look forward to leaders and innovators from India and beyond joining us to drive universal energy access." 

  • For the latest updates including speakers and themes as they are announced, follow the conversation on social media using #EnergyAccess2018


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