The 2018 Carnot Prize, the highest award presented by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded to the Honorable Piyush Goyal, India’s minister of railways and minister of coal, and former minister of power and renewables. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to energy policy.
As minister of power and renewables, Mr. Goyal fast-tracked the electrification of 18,000 remote villages in India—bridging the country’s vast energy divide. The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that in the year 2000, less than half of India’s population had access to electricity. Now, more than 80 percent of the population has access to electricity. If this pace continues, India will have universal electrification by 2020, “one of the largest successes in the history of electrification.”