FOSSIL ENERGY
Should old coal plants be retired?

The decision is neither straightforward nor uniform. A nuanced view is needed to select the ones that can be closed profitably, and more importantly to stop too many new ones coming up.

#Climate #Economy
ACCESS TO ENERGY
Rural electrification: An unfinished task

Power connections are now available across rural India. However, there is still a lot to be done before villagers reliably get uninterrupted electricity that can help them live and work better.

#Interviews #Panchayats #Environment
RESILIENT POWER SUPPLY
Keeping the lights on for development
RESILIENT POWER SUPPLY : Keeping the lights on for development

In climate-vulnerable areas, the solutions proposed for electricity supply to development facilities must include technical, economic and organisational considerations.

#Climate #Economy
ENERGY POLICY
Can governments let go of fossil-fuel revenues?

The energy-mobility landscape is transitioning to renewables and electric vehicles. But public finances are highly reliant on the fossil fuels economy. Excerpts from a discussion of the challenges this poses.

#Public Funds #Government
REGULATORY HEARINGS
Hearing in progress, click to join
REGULATORY HEARINGS : Hearing in progress, click to join

Electricity regulators have been effective in instituting online facilities to conduct hearings remotely. With more steps, virtual processes could improve participation in normal times too.

#Consumers #Justice System #Laws
ENERGY SECURITY
Rural LPG: On the back burner
ENERGY SECURITY : Rural LPG: On the back burner

The distribution of LPG to rural households is far from satisfactory. A comprehensive review of the performance and accountability of different institutions in the supply chain is needed.

#Economy #Health
CLEAN POWER
The road to a green economy

Is India likely to hit the ambitious targets set for the growth of renewable power generation? A compilation of data from different sources by the Prayas Energy Group shows what's working well and where greater efforts are needed.

#Economy
PUBLIC COMPANIES
Will splitting Coal India help?
PUBLIC COMPANIES : Will splitting Coal India help?

Given the changing landscape of energy production and consumption in the country, splitting Coal India into smaller entities can only be successful if a number of other steps are also taken, according to a recent Brookings Institution report.

#Economy
ENERGY DISTRIBUTION
DISCOMs face a stark future
ENERGY DISTRIBUTION : DISCOMs face a stark future

Large customers are opting for direct access from producers, and those in the middle are looking for decentralised storage and consumption. Between these forces, the old distribution business faces serious risk.

#Environment
SURPLUS POWER
Is RE becoming too much of a good thing?

As the share of renewable energy rises, it brings with it new challenges. Going forward, the management of surplus power will be critical, says a new report from the Brookings Institute.

#Economy
INDIAN RAILWAYS
Rail link to coal is becoming unsustainable

In a changing landscape for power production and transmission, Indian Railways and the Government will need to make new choices, says a new report from Brookings India.

#Public Funds #Transport #Economy
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Incandescent bulbs continue to flicker

Recent research by the Prayas Energy Group shows that notwithstanding a big spike in demand for LEDs in recent years, more steps are needed to phase out incandescent bulbs.

#Economy #Environment
SOLAR POWER
Meet the solar sisters
SOLAR POWER : Meet the solar sisters

In remote villages of Rajasthan women are assembling small, portable solar lamps and then travelling to different hamlets in the region to retail them. Renu Rakesh reports.

#Business #Women
ELECTRIFICATION DRIVE
Lessons for rural electrification from a weaving village

If electrification drives remain focused only on village electrification, connections and lighting, 'Gaaon Ka Vikaas Garv Ke Saath' will remain just rhetoric. Anjali Sharma, Ann Josey, and Sreekumar N report.

#Government #MAHARASHTRA
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
How badly designed and unsafe
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS : How badly designed and unsafe

The 30th and 5th anniversaries this year of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents respectively are the right occasions to examine India’s record in this sector, writes Darryl D’Monte.

#Environmental Hazards #Environment #Government

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