Our Partners

EPIC-India works with a variety of partners to help us carry out our research, implement our pilot studies on the ground and scale up successful results, and provide a thought leadership and capacity building platform.

Tata Centre for Development at UChicago

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The Tata Centre for Development at UChicago develops innovative, integrated approaches to tackling some of India’s most pressing development issues. With generous support from the Tata Trusts, the Tata Centre combines implementation, research and executive education to execute ambitious pilots, evaluate new solutions, and spread insights to key decision-makers who can translate research findings and successful pilots into wider impact. The Centre is housed at the Harris School of Public Policy in Chicago and the University of Chicago Trust in India.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

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The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at MIT’s Department of Economics. Since then, it has built a global network of 113 affiliated professors and regional offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. It does this by working with governments, non-profits, foundations and other development organizations to conduct rigorous impact evaluations in the field, policy outreach to widely disseminate the lessons from research, and building the capacity of practitioners to generate and use evidence. Over 200 million people have been reached by the scale-up of programs evaluated by J-PAL and found to be effective. Find J-PAL on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School

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Evidence for Policy Design (EPoDat Harvard Kennedy School is a research program that brings data and economic insights to the design and implementation of public policies in countries around the world. Led by a team of research faculty, EPoD conducts research with policymakers – frequently at scale – to build a direct road to impact.

Brookings India

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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

Energy & Environment Lab

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The Energy & Environment Lab brings together policymakers, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists to take a collaborative approach to improving the environment and ensuring access to reliable and affordable energy. We use natural experiments, randomized controlled trials, behavioral economics, and machine learning to help policymakers identify and generate evidence around innovative approaches to their most pressing environmental and energy-related challenges. In addition, we seek to build a portfolio of new knowledge about the key tools that policymakers have to impact environment and energy outcomes: behavior, pricing, and regulation.

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India’s environmental and forestry policies and programmes. The primary concerns of the Ministry are implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country’s natural resources including its lakes and rivers, its biodiversity, forests and wildlife, ensuring the welfare of animals, and the prevention and abatement of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being. The Ministry also serves as the nodal agency in the country for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and for the follow-up of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Ministry is also entrusted with issues relating to multilateral bodies such as the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and of regional bodies like Economic and Social Council for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) on matters pertaining to the environment.

Central Pollution Control Board

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The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), statutory organisation, was constituted in September, 1974 under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. Further, CPCB was entrusted with the powers and functions under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. It serves as a field formation and also provides technical services to the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. Principal Functions of the CPCB, as spelt out in the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, (i) to promote cleanliness of streams and wells in different areas of the States by prevention, control and abatement of water pollution, and (ii) to improve the quality of air and to prevent, control or abate air pollution in the country.

Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi

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The Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi is an initiative by the Govt. of Delhi to initiate and facilitate a dialogue between the people of Delhi and the government towards creating a clean, green, safe and corruption-free city.

Government of Odisha

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The University of Chicago and the Government of Odisha have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to engage in new research, knowledge, and capacity-building activities in the state. Consistent with our philosophy of co-generating policy evidence, EPIC-India researchers have embedded a knowledge cell within the government in order to work closely with relevant departments. This knowledge cell will assist design, implement and evaluate innovative, cutting-edge solutions to tackle energy and environmental issues currently being faced by the Odisha government.

EPIC- India expects to conduct trainings for government officials on broad topics such as data analysis and program evaluations. Additionally, EPIC-India will leverage its previous expertise in air pollution and electricity distribution to provide support on specific projects such as emissions monitoring in industries and energy efficiency improvement.

Gujarat Pollution Control Board

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Now commonly known as GPCB – Gujarat Pollution Control Board, was constituted by Government of Gujarat on 15th October, 1974 in accordance with the provision of the Water Act, 1974. The GPCB continued its efforts towards environment related better pollution control and improved management. Several critical issues in the field of environment are being tackled by the Board through its existing Regional Offices located at Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Vapi, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Godhra, Mehsana, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Nadiad and Junagadh. Stress is laid on environmental infrastructures to meet challenges of environmental pollution under the ‘Swarnim Gujarat’ programmes of Government of Gujarat. Though basic functions of the Board is remained as regulatory, it has also been organising various awareness programmes, from time to time on local issues of municipal solid wastes, bio-medical wastes, plastic issues besides water, air and land pollution generated from various industrial clusters. Efforts are being made for pollution control with a view to minimize and prevent pollution.

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board

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Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is implementing various environmental legislations in the state of Maharashtra, mainly including Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, Water (Cess) Act, 1977 and some of the provisions under Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules framed there under like, Biomedical Waste (M&H) Rules, 1998, Hazardous Waste (M&H) Rules, 2000, Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000 etc. MPCB is functioning under the administrative control of Environment Department of Government of Maharashtra.

Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board

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The Tamilnadu Prevention and Control of Water Pollution Board was constituted by the Government of Tamilnadu on twenty seventh day of February, Nineteen eighty two (27-2-1982) in pursuance of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 (Central Act 6 of 1974). The Board was later renamed as Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) in the year 1983. It enforce the provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977, the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, and the rules made under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

Husk Power Systems

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Husk Power Systems is a rural empowerment enterprise. It focuses on inclusive rural development on the backbone of electric power. Unlike any other effort in the world, it creates a self-sustaining ecosystem in the villages it serves, enabling economic development along with environmental protection, physical well-being and strengthening of the rural communities. A humble effort spearheaded by locals from the communities served, HPS strives to touch more than 10 million lives over the next five years, in rural areas across the world, often at the bottom of society’s priorities. A business of rural electrification that transcends the conventional ideas around delivery of electrical energy to masses, HPS has created unique models of decentralized electricity generation and distribution that can be well managed by the locals using local resources, thereby bringing the age old wisdom of self-sufficiency of villages to life. HPS is a revolution in progress that attempts to channelize the largely dissociated efforts of various stakeholders – communities, investors, entrepreneurs, businesses, government and the society at large – to bring the worldwide impoverished and under-served rural population from the bottom to the top of the list of priorities.

North Bihar Power Distribution Company

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NBPDCL is a company registered under the provisions of Companies Act 1956 and is a fully owned subsidiary Company of BSPHCL.

The Company is engaged primarily in the business of distribution of Electricity. It has been vested with the distribution assets, interest in property, rights and liabilities of the erstwhile BSEB necessary for the business of distribution in its area of distribution comprising of all 21 districts of North Bihar (namely 1.West Champaran, 2. East Champaran, 3. Sitamadhi, 4. Sheohar, 5. Muzaffarpur, 6.Vaishali, 7. Saran, 8. Siwan, 9. Gopalgunj, 10. Mahubani, 11. Darbhanaga, 12. Samastipur,13. Begusarai, 14. Khagaria, 15. Saharsa, 16. Supaul, 17. Medhepura, 18. Araria,19. Katihar, 20. Purnea and 21. Kishangunj).

The Company has been given the status of a Distribution licensee as per Section14 of the Electricity Act 2003. In order to fulfill the obligations of the Distribution licensee as mandated under the provision of Bihar State Electricity Reforms Transfer Scheme 2012 and Electricity Act 2003.

South Bihar Power Distribution Company

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South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd(SBPDCL) has beengiven the status of a Distribution Licensee as per Section 14 of the ElectricityAct 2003 and engaged primarily in the business of distribution of Electricity andis serving more than 18 lacs consumers in 17 districts of South Bihar. Presently, we are providing uninterrupted power supply in PESU, Area, Patna i.eCapital of Bihar and also providing 18-20 Hrs assured powersupply in the entire17 district HQ of South Bihar.

Government of Rajasthan

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The Government of Rajasthan is the supreme governing authority of the Indian state of Rajasthan and its 33 districts. It consists of an executive, led by the Governor of Rajasthan, a judiciary and a legislative. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, and houses the Vidhan Sabha and the secretariat.

Karnataka Power Corporation Limited

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For over three decades, the Karnataka Power Corporation has been a prime mover and catalyst behind key power sector reforms in the state – measures that have spiraled steady growth witnessed in both industrial and economic areas. Right from the year of inception, in 1970, KPCL set its sights on “growth from within” meeting growing industry needs and reaching out to touch the lives of the common man, in more ways than one. KPCL today has an installed capacity of 6498.91 MW of hydel, thermal, solar and wind energy, with 9500 MW in the pipeline. The 1720 MW Raichur Thermal Power Station located in Raichur dist is accredited with ISO 14001-2004 certification for its environment protection measures. From an industry vantage point, KPCL has raised the bar on the quality of deliverables and is constantly working at lowering the cost per megawatt – a commendable cost-value equation that has become a benchmark on the national grid. KPCL’s stock in trade is industry proven – well-established infrastructure & modern, progressive management concepts and a commitment to excel, helping it meet the challenges of the rising energy demands of Karnataka.

Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka

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The Urban Development Department focuses to plan, regulate, control and facilitate urban development for creating major infrastructure facilities, developing of residential layouts, constructing houses for underprivileged citizens, and rejuvenation of lakes in Bangalore City through Bangalore Development Authority in its jurisdiction.

Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JVVNL)

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Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam limited (Jaipur discom) is engaged in the distribution and supply of electricity in 12 districts of Rajasthan, namely Jaipur, Dausa, Alwar, Bharatpur, Dholpur, Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar, Sawai Madhopur, Tonk and Karauli. (except Kota & bharatpur city)

Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JDVVNL)

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Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited is a State Govt company. The company provides efficient electricity services backed by latest technology & innovation. They are also popular for their focus on sustainability and superior customer service.

Mahila Housing Sewa Trust (MHT)

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Mahila Housing Sewa Trust (MHT)’s mission is to organize and empower women in poor communities to improve their habitat. Through its grassroots programs in habitat development, climate change resilience, and participatory governance, MHT empowers women to exercise their rights and uplift living conditions for their families and neighbors.


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Chintan is an environmental research and action group that works for environmental justice in partnership with people and groups from diverse sections of society. Their focus is on ensuring equitable and sustainable production and consumption of materials, and improved disposal of waste.

Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (RVPN)

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Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (RVPN), established on 19 July, 2000 by the Government of Rajasthan under the provisions of the Rajasthan Power Sector Reforms Act, 1999,  provides the pathway for power within whole of Rajasthan. RVPN owns, builds, maintains and operates the high-voltage electric transmission system that helps to keep the lights on, businesses running and communities strong.

TIDE (Technology Informatics Design Endeavour)

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TIDE (Technology Informatics Design Endeavour) is a development organisation that leverages technology for conserving the environment, creating livelihoods and addressing societal issues. TIDE’s work encompasses energy access and biomass-based cooking solutions, energy conservation, and renewable energy promotion, Environment management and advocacy, and Technology based on innovative livelihoods, particularly with focus on rural women.

World Resources Institute- India

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WRI India is a research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.

Hasiru Dala Innovations Private Limited

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Hasiru Dala Innovations Private Limited is focused on creating better livelihoods for waste-pickers through inclusive businesses that have an environmental impact.

Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board

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Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board, which was constituted under section 4 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 first time on 09.09.2001, started functioning from 15.12.2001. It has at present a nominated Chairman, fifteen nominated Members and an appointed Member Secretary.

The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974; the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1974; the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the Rules framed by the State Government under the first and third Act and those framed by the Central Government under the second and the fourth Act are in effect in the State.

Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board implements the provisions of these Acts and Rules in the State. The functions of the Board are provided under section 17 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the same section of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and under the remaining Acts and Rules.


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The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015. NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. While designing strategic and long term policies and programmes for the Government of India, NITI Aayog also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and States. The Government of India, in keeping with its reform agenda, constituted the NITI Aayog to replace the Planning Commission instituted in 1950. This was done in order to better serve the needs and aspirations of the people of India. An important evolutionary change from the past, NITI Aayog acts as the quintessential platform of the Government of India to bring States to act together in national interest, and thereby fosters Cooperative Federalism. At the core of NITI Aayog’s creation are two hubs – Team India Hub and the Knowledge and Innovation Hub. The Team India Hub leads the engagement of states with the Central government, while the Knowledge and Innovation Hub builds NITI’s think-tank capabilities. These hubs reflect the two key tasks of the Aayog.

EPIC-India and the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), the government of India’s premier think tank have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to work on issues of electricity sector reform, energy modeling and energy and environmental policy analysis. As NITI AAYOG provides policy inputs across all of India’s ministries, this partnership provides EPIC with an ideal knowledge platform to share and exchange its policy findings. EPIC-India’s projects with NITI AAYOG include an ambitious platform to roll out innovations in electricity distribution reform, arising from research in Bihar, to other parts of the country. Additionally, following the success of NITI AAYOG’s national energy planning tool EPIC-India along with NITI AAYOG is helping three Indian states develop an overarching energy and environment planning tool at a sub-national level.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is the largest private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.

Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM)

BESCOM is responsible for Power distribution in Eight districts of Karnataka (Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Chikkaballapura, Kolar, Davanagere, Tumkur, Chitradurga and Ramanagara). BESCOM covers an area of 41,092 Sq. Kms. with a population of over 207 lakhs