To Shift India From Fossil Fuel System To Clean Energy System, NITI Aayog Study Is A Must


To Shift India From Fossil Fuel System To Clean Energy System, NITI Aayog Study Is A Must

New Year’s Day is an opportune occasion for reflection and re-emphasis. I do just that in this article. I summarise below 10 energy-related suggestions that I made last year, in part to remind and in part to influence the government’s future agenda. The underlying energy conundrum is how to square the circle between the government’s commitment to provide universal access to affordable and reliable energy, on one hand, and the imperative to weaken the linkage between economic growth, energy demand and environmental degradation, on the other. The former requires the securing of ‘dirty’ fossil fuels. The latter a focus on ‘clean’ renewables. The conundrum exists because both fossil fuels and renewables have to be part of our energy solution. The conundrum can be tackled by establishing an integrated planning process that factors in the implications of decisions concerning fossil fuels on renewables and vice-versa, and by developing a policy mindset that enables the fulfilment of short-term objectives without compromising longer-term goals. The short-term challenge is to correct the imbalances in the energy value chain, to minimise avoidable losses and to create a unified energy market. There is currently, for example, surplus generating power capacity, but approximately 40% of the country still faces power shortages and/or has no access to electricity. There is a potpourri of 100 varying power tariffs. There are leakages across the transmission and distribution chains. Read More…

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