This project brings experimental and quasi-experimental research methods to bear on important issues confronting rural electrification initiatives. The overarching objective is to investigate how modular smart grid technology can be used to improve both supply and demand-side efficiency in rural settings. Specifically, we will investigate:
The extent to which the provision of real-time information about energy consumption fosters household-level improvements in consumption efficiency
how smart grid technology can be used to detect and mitigate technical and non-technical energy losses in rural settings.
This work is part of the International Growth Centre’s ‘Smart Meters for Promoting Energy Efficiency in Rural India’ project
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