The word ‘Prayas’ means ‘focused effort’. Prayas is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Pune, India. Members of Prayas are professionals working to protect and promote the public interest in general, and interests of the disadvantaged sections of the society, in particular. Prayas consists of four groups working in different sectors and issues: health, energy, resources & livelihoods, and learning & parenthood. Prayas is also recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India. Prayas (Energy Group), or PEG, has been active in furthering public-interest in the energy sector through analysis-based advocacy from around 1990. During this period, it has made significant contributions to the Indian energy sector and has established its credibility among the various actors in the sector through its comprehensive and analytically sound approach to issues. It strives to leverage its unique strengths to achieve lasting impacts through improvement in governance, prevention of gross inefficiencies, and optimizing resource use. To achieve this, PEG uses diverse tools and works with various stakeholders such as citizens groups and movements, researchers, media as well as the policy-makers and governance institutions. PEG is characterized by a compact group of high-quality professionals with social commitment and strong ethical values working in an informal, non-hierarchical networked structure.
Research Areas 1. Energy Generation & Supply 2. Energy Efficiency 3. Renewable Energy 4. Energy Resources & 5. Development