The Centre for Development Finance - IFMR have released the Energy Atlas – the first interactive online resource, complete with explanatory report, which allows investors, entrepreneurs and policy makers to quickly access and explore household fuel consumption and expenditure data across India’s 28 states and the urban-rural divide.

The Atlas fills an acknowledged gap by providing access to clean development data on household energy consumption and expenditure. India’s impressive economic growth has spurred a story of urgent energy demand and need for greater energy inclusion. According to the International Energy Association, over 400 million people in India (36% of the total population) still live without reliable electricity. Over 725 million (70%) rely on biomass cooking fuels like cow dung, wood and farm waste. Against this backdrop, new renewable energy technologies, products, and services have surged to meet the growing energy demands of poor households at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP). However, much remains unknown about rural BoP end users.

The Energy Atlas presents national and state-level household fuel consumption and expenditure data from the National Sample Survey 61st Round (2004-05) in an accessible manner. Beginning as an internal project to unlock insights into India's clean energy market, this publicly available atlas is the result of over one year of statistics and design work by a team of researchers in the Rural Market Insight group. The Energy Atlas aims to provide a clear and objective presentation of household-level fuel consumption.

"We hope it becomes the go-to platform for users to interrogate and interpret the data so they may identify relevant patterns, trends, and insights that are most critical to their work", says the CDF. The project is currently a work in progress, and they welcome questions and feedback on usability and content.

<i>View the atlas here: www.householdenergy.in

There is also an accompanying publication.</i>