Policy reforms in water and energy savings

CIPT collaborated with Government of Gujarat and Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited (UGVCL) to introduce a metering scheme for farmers using groundwater for irrigation. Recognizing the political difficulty of charging farmers full cost of electricity, the mechanism indirectly introduces a marginal cost by transferring to the farmer financial savings that result from voluntary reductions in usage. Experiences from the pilot have indicated:

    »   High degree of farmer willingness
    »   Strong compliance and no evidences of tampering
    »   Reduction in power usage