A Nation in the Dark: Increasing energy access across India

A Nation in the Dark: Increasing energy access across India

Seventy years since independence and India still struggles to provide basic energy access to its citizens. The power sector is financially in trouble and use of biomass and other harmful methods of cooking causes severe health issues in women and children especially. India needs to provide cheap, affordable and sustainable energy infrastructure to its citizens for increased literacy, productivity, health and economic benefits. Continue reading A Nation in the Dark: Increasing energy access across India

Has liberalisation been beneficial to India’s electricity sector?

Has liberalisation been beneficial to India’s electricity sector?

The Indian economy was opened up to foreign investment in the early 90’s and have been going through massive reforms ever since. The electricity and energy (petroleum) sector has seen massive reforms in liberation in the last two decades especially in the introduction of private investments and the cutbacks in fuel subsidies. However, with India still facing problems in energy access, transmission losses and emission levels, it needs to be seen if the reforms will be able to meet the challenges. This essay aims to look at the reforms, the stakeholders and the consumers of the Indian electricity sector and the effect liberalization has had on them. Continue reading Has liberalisation been beneficial to India’s electricity sector?