Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is a semi-autonomous body established by an Act of Parliament, to operationalize Government’s rural electrification function. It functions as a secretariat of the Rural Electrification Board (REB) which carries out the rural electrification responsibilities, as defined in the Electricity Act of 1999.
Rural Electrification Agency (REA) was established as a statutory instrument in 2001 (no. 75), but started its functions in July 2003. REA has a board, the Rural Electrification Board (REB), which gives it policy guidance. The Rural Electrification Agency is mandated to facilitate the government’s goal of achieving rural electrification rate of atleast 10% by the year 2012 from 1% at the beginning of the decade.