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High Energy Prices: The West joins the Rest with Subsidies and Handouts
Sep 10, 2022

High Energy Prices: The West joins the Rest with Subsidies and Handouts

Although energy poverty is a crisis that needs to be addressed, the West should review the persistent call for phasing out energy subsidies in poor co

Hydropower in India: An update
Oct 12, 2023

Hydropower in India: An update

Though a market for electricity does not exist in India in the strictest sense, PHS cannot count on technical viability and environmental benefits to

In its mission to go green, India must focus on just transition
Jun 23, 2021

In its mission to go green, India must focus on just transition

The measure of a successful energy transition must go beyond statistics of installed capacity of renewables, investments and number of jobs. While these are important, the face of the transition should become the lives, livelihoods and well-being of the economy

Increased use of off-grid solar PV power to improve overall functionality of rural health centres
Apr 15, 2019

Increased use of off-grid solar PV power to improve overall functionality of rural health centres

The introduction of the off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants can be integrated with the conventional electricity system for the electrificati

India-Nepal relations soar high
Jun 07, 2023

India-Nepal relations soar high

Prachanda’s visit highlights the two countries willingness to move beyond contentious issues and focus on mutually beneficial aspects

India’s international solar leadership: Walking the talk?
Dec 02, 2021

India’s international solar leadership: Walking the talk?

India is leading the charge when it comes to solar projects and initiatives, but it could benefit from building up stronger approaches to monitoring a

India’s new poor: Strategy for resilience
Nov 27, 2021

India’s new poor: Strategy for resilience

The government needs to invest in measures such as education and employment that can make the population more resilient in the face of a crisis

India’s policy pathways for deep decarbonisation
Nov 11, 2021

India’s policy pathways for deep decarbonisation

What are the policy changes that need to be adopted by India to ensure that it fully utilises the opportunities arising from green transition?

Japan's new energy policy and the revival of nuclear power
Apr 22, 2014

Japan's new energy policy and the revival of nuclear power

One compelling reason for Japan to adopt the new energy policy was the Abe government's recognition that in the absence of nuclear energy, which accounted for 30% of the total electricity until recently, the country had to pay heavily for importing oil and gas from abroad.

Lebanon to end subsidies and introduce cash cards
Sep 16, 2021

Lebanon to end subsidies and introduce cash cards

The crisis in Lebanon has reached a point of desperation evident by the move to remove subsidies for most of the poor

Lighting for all by Deepawali 2018
Sep 30, 2017

Lighting for all by Deepawali 2018

Dovetailing the renewable power generation programme with the target of lighting every home by Deepawali 2018, is the best fit.

Mainstreaming Gender in India-Africa Partnership for Energy Access
Jul 05, 2021

Mainstreaming Gender in India-Africa Partnership for Energy Access

The seventh of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. This challenge is acute in the African continent, home to large populations without access to electricity and clean cooking fuel. This brief explores the scope for cooperation between India and Africa in not only achieving SDG 7, but while doing so, also considering the targets set by SDG 5 to

Nepal's tieup with Chinese corporation: Treading a dangerous road
Mar 26, 2012

Nepal's tieup with Chinese corporation: Treading a dangerous road

In a surprising move that could have a far-reaching consequence on foreign policy, Nepal has entered into an agreement with Three Gorges Corporation (TGC) of China for the construction of the 750 MW West Seti Hydro Electricity Project.

Net metering versus net billing
Nov 18, 2019

Net metering versus net billing

Hasty net metering policy revisions by states will upset India’s renewable energy targets

On the freeway to net zero
Jun 01, 2023

On the freeway to net zero

India can achieve net zero only if its renewable electricity capacity reaches 1,000 GW, a proper gigawatt-sized storage is available, and a resilient

Outrage over local pollution: Not an elite? Your cries don’t qualify.
Oct 11, 2021

Outrage over local pollution: Not an elite? Your cries don’t qualify.

Immediate policy changes due to public outrage over health and the ill-effects of pollution are seen only because it is the rich who raise these issue

Pakistan economy on ‘stand-by’ for now
Jul 01, 2023

Pakistan economy on ‘stand-by’ for now

The Stand-By Agreement from the IMF staves off the possibility of Pakistan defaulting on its debt, but only temporarily, not indefinitely.

Pakistan: The pipeline project, a benchmark issue
Jun 01, 2012

Pakistan: The pipeline project, a benchmark issue

The on-going electricity crisis in Pakistan and the country-wide protests that followed have laid bare the weaknesses in the country's energy policy.

Power crisis in Bangladesh: बांग्लादेश में गहरे बिजली संकट का आर्थिक और रणनीतिक प्रभाव
Dec 27, 2022

Power crisis in Bangladesh: बांग्लादेश में गहरे बिजली संकट का आर्थिक और रणनीतिक प्रभाव

बांग्लादेश को अपनी ऊर्जा सुरक्षा मज़बूत करने पर निवेश कर

Power crisis: How China can turn the challenge into an opportunity
Nov 01, 2021

Power crisis: How China can turn the challenge into an opportunity

Will China fall short on its green targets as extensive measures are being adopted to avert the power crisis that it is undergoing?

Power reforms: Now on the backburner
Jun 01, 2004

Power reforms: Now on the backburner

The Congress-led United Progessive Alliance government in its just released CMP has done the unexpected vis a vis power sector reforms. The Manmohan-Chidambram combine which was expected to resolve the nitty-gritty¿s of the Electricity Act 2003 has instead decided to review the entire Act itself.

Power Sector Management & Growth-Past & Future
Dec 31, 2010

Power Sector Management & Growth-Past & Future

Many people think Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity with his famous kite flying experiments in 1752, but electricity was not discovered all at once. After various developments world over, Italian scientist Alesandro Volta made a great discovery in 1800.

Prioritising MSMEs in India’s policy push for rooftop solar
Feb 02, 2024

Prioritising MSMEs in India’s policy push for rooftop solar

The focus on rooftop solar in the Union Budget 2024 has provided a strong impetus for the residential segment. A targeted scheme is also required to e

Promoting Efficiency in Power Generation in India: The Role of Imported-Coal-Based Plants
Aug 16, 2023

Promoting Efficiency in Power Generation in India: The Role of Imported-Coal-Based Plants

India is experiencing a surge in power demand owing to an expanding economy. Even as the country has embraced the idea of transitioning to clean renewable energy, its current demand for electricity can only be met by addressing the concerns surrounding coal-fired power plants. The goal of going green might be a medium- to long-term strategy that should be diligently pursued to avoid future crises. In the short term, however, focus should

Redefining ‘power’ in South Asia: An assessment of the Kathmandu-Delhi-Dhaka nexus
Aug 25, 2023

Redefining ‘power’ in South Asia: An assessment of the Kathmandu-Delhi-Dhaka nexus

In an evolving demand-supply equilibrium in South Asia, India is now emerging as an invisible hand that is facilitating economic integration, trade, a

Riots, resignations, and resurrections amidst Sri Lanka’s national crisis
May 13, 2022

Riots, resignations, and resurrections amidst Sri Lanka’s national crisis

Would the newly appointed Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, be able to steer Sri Lanka away from the economic and political crisis?

Sheikh Hasina-Modi Summit 2022: Exploring energy cooperation
Sep 21, 2022

Sheikh Hasina-Modi Summit 2022: Exploring energy cooperation

The enhanced energy cooperation between India and Bangladesh could help open new horizons in regional cooperation.

Small Hydro Power Can Fill In Energy Deficit
Jan 07, 2011

Small Hydro Power Can Fill In Energy Deficit

Of all the non-conventional renewable energy sources, small hydro represents highest density resource and stands in the first place in generation of electricity from such sources world-wide. It is also the most cost-effective energy technology to be considered for rural electrification and under the climate change scenarios.

Summer power demand surge: Challenges for India’s energy transition
Dec 27, 2023

Summer power demand surge: Challenges for India’s energy transition

An increase in temperature not only increases electricity demand but also increases carbon emissions, posing a challenge to India’s energy transitio

Tariff hike generating Public heat
Jun 18, 2004

Tariff hike generating Public heat

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission¿s latest tariff order for the year 2004-05 has once again increased average power tariffs by almost 10% and hit the poor the hardest even as private utilities have virtually failed to control billing losses and power thefts.

The Ithai barrage of Manipur: To decommission or not
May 23, 2023

The Ithai barrage of Manipur: To decommission or not

The Ithai Barrage impounds the Manipur River just below the confluence of the Imphal River and the Tuitha River south of Loktak Lake, and is part of the Loktak Hydroelectric project that supplies hydropower to the seven Northeast states. Over time, the dam has affected the hydrology of the lake and caused harm to the ecology and economy of the region. The Manipur government is now urging the Centre to consider decommissioning the barrage. This br

The Modi budgets: High achievements sans institutionalised change
Jan 28, 2022

The Modi budgets: High achievements sans institutionalised change

The Modi government’s fragmented approach has remained at the canopy and has not been able to achieve foundational improvements in budgeting at the

The right cost-benefit analysis for e-vehicles
Mar 14, 2018

The right cost-benefit analysis for e-vehicles

The effective total emissions, social costs, higher electricity prices, and loss of energy caused by production, transport and storage of electricity need to be included in any calculation.

The road to Smart City planning: A historical co-evolution of urban planning and information systems 
Jul 20, 2022

The road to Smart City planning: A historical co-evolution of urban planning and information systems 

The internet and urban planning have been historically interrelated and has influenced each other’s development.

The Sri Lankan crisis: Domestic and regional implications
Apr 29, 2022

The Sri Lankan crisis: Domestic and regional implications

The deteriorating economic crisis in Sri Lanka has grown into a political movement against the government who secured a landslide victory in the 2020

There’s a bot of gold on the AI horizon, but is past data enough to navigate the future?
Aug 18, 2018

There’s a bot of gold on the AI horizon, but is past data enough to navigate the future?

Artificial intelligence is turbocharging individual companies’ stock market valuations but overall economic productivity is sliding. These are not c

Turmoil in Kyrgyzstan
Apr 12, 2010

Turmoil in Kyrgyzstan

Trouble was brewing in this Central Asian Republic after the Bakiyev administration hiked the price of water, fuel and electricity late last year

Turning the screw on ULBs a little more: Higher rates for water and power
Apr 28, 2023

Turning the screw on ULBs a little more: Higher rates for water and power

The upward revision of rates by the irrigation and electricity department is adversely impacting the ULBs in Maharashtra

Underground coal gasification: Option for decarbonisation and source of hydrogen?
Mar 23, 2023

Underground coal gasification: Option for decarbonisation and source of hydrogen?

Overall, UCG has both strategic advantages and huge environmental and geological risks. India would have to weigh it out before proceeding

Understanding the Gender Dimensions of Energy Poverty
Jun 08, 2021

Understanding the Gender Dimensions of Energy Poverty

Among the estimated 1.3 billion people across the world who have no access to electricity, 70 percent are women. This brief discusses the impact of energy poverty on India’s rural women. As women are primarily responsible for securing food and energy for their family, they are the ones who are worst affected by the lack of access to clean and modern energy. The brief calls for a more holistic approach in research and policymaking on energ

Will the Modi government be able to capitalise on the ‘success’ of the Saubhagya electrification drive this election?
Apr 29, 2019

Will the Modi government be able to capitalise on the ‘success’ of the Saubhagya electrification drive this election?

'Power to All’ was a great goal set by the Prime Minister. However, whether he will have the ‘saubhagya’ to capitalise on the success of the scheme for an election upside will be clear from the results.

Wind Energy in India: Tailwinds and Headwinds
Oct 17, 2022

Wind Energy in India: Tailwinds and Headwinds

Although the wind energy sector has grown significantly, to meet the target of 140 GW wind energy capacity by 2030, the growth rate in capacity additi

अक्षय्यऊर्जेत भारत भरकटतोय?
Feb 17, 2020

अक्षय्यऊर्जेत भारत भरकटतोय?

चुकीच्या अर्थकारणामुळेअक्षय्य ऊर्जा निर्मितीच्या लक्ष्यापासून भारत भरकटत आहे आणि त्याची किंमत पर्यावरणाला चुकवावी लागत आहे.

ऊर्जा संक्रमणाच्या आकांक्षेला गुंतवणुकीचे समर्थन असणे आवश्यक
Jan 30, 2024

ऊर्जा संक्रमणाच्या आकांक्षेला गुंतवणुकीचे समर्थन असणे आवश्यक

विकासाची उद्दिष्टे आणि ऊर्जा संक्रमणाची उद्दिष्टे साध्

कर्ज़ के बोझ तले दबी सरकार का लोकलुभावन बिजली, सड़क और पानी वाला बज़ट
Mar 07, 2022

कर्ज़ के बोझ तले दबी सरकार का लोकलुभावन बिजली, सड़क और पानी वाला बज़ट

बढ़ते कर्ज़ के बीच सरकार के लिए बड़े बुनियादी ढ़ांचे से ज�