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Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Uncertain Power and Carbon Markets Change Investment Choices

April 21, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Energy Trends

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. New technologies and business models are disrupting and challenging a traditionally risk-averse and slow-moving industry.[read more]


Negotiating Access: A Case Study of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cookstove Diffusion in India

April 15, 2015 by Yiting Wang

Studying Energy Use in India

The challenge to providing cleaner cookstoves, such as LPG stoves, in the developing world is not limited to the cost of the technology. In the case of LPG services in rural India, these costs come from existing socioeconomic inequalities within the rural areas, as well as between rural and urban areas.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: The Need to Consume Less Oil

April 14, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India, Global Trends, and Energy Needs

Oil consumption will rise in India as the economy and the population grows. This is a major headache for the government, since India imports almost all of this fuel. Currently oil prices are fairly low, but if they rise again, they will drive inflation and open up a large trade deficit.[read more]

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Goes Shopping for Nuclear Reactors

April 13, 2015 by Dan Yurman

One of the things the head of state gets to do when on an international, multi-nation trip is draw up a list of things to buy and bring home. For India’s Narenda Modi, it is about finally settling on the terms of a long pending contract for six nuclear reactors in Jaitapur, and the uranium to fuel them, which top the list.[read more]

Reducing Stress on India's Grid With Efficient, Climate-Friendly Air Conditioning Refrigerants

March 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Energy Consumption Efficiency

India leapfrogging over antiquated, soon-to-be obsolete, and inefficient refrigerants will benefit the power sector while saving consumers money. It will also advance the Indian economy, ensure Indian industries can compete in the international market, and help mitigate climate change.[read more]

Could India's Coal Plans Derail the Global Climate?

March 26, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India Energy Needs and Coal

If India grew its electricity system based on coal (as China has done), would it derail the global climate? Under a “coal-heavy” scenario, India would need to increase is coal-fired power generation capacity from the 156 GW in early 2015 to 677 GW in 2035. What would be the CO2 implications of such a strategy?[read more]

How Much Power Will India Need in 2035?

March 23, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Future Energy Needs in India


What is the projected growth of India’s electricity requirements until 2035? In 2012, the country generated 1,050 TWh of grid power. The government now wants to set in motion a process of accelerated industrialization to provide much-needed jobs, sustain growth and drive development.[read more]

Can Solar be the Backbone of India's Energy System by 2035?

March 12, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Around 70% of India’s power comes from coal, less than 1% from solar. Will that change in the next 20 years? Can solar become the new backbone of the Indian energy system? I think there is a good possibility that it will. In this post I present a thought experiment.[read more]

Energy Quote to the Day: India Seeks Balance Between Taxing Pollution and the Price of Power

March 12, 2015 by Edward Dodge

India, Power, and Pollution

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set ambitious new targets for reducing coal consumption and scaling up renewables. India will double the tax on coal production, promote renewable energy projects and electric vehicles to balance out emissions from coal-fired power plants.[read more]


Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 26, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[read more]

Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

February 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city. They are spending $20 billion to help ensure it can adapt to a more difficult future, but if the panel's prediction of two feet of sea level rise comes to pass, we will need many multiples of $20 billion to protect New York.[read more]

India's 100 GW Solar Target Could Create 1 Million Jobs by 2022

February 20, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Solar Target and Jobs

Delhi is abuzz as the first renewable energy-financing summit organized by the Indian government, RE-Invest 2015, wrapped up with commitments totaling 266 GW of renewable energy in the next 5 years. For context, the country currently has about 250 GW of total installed power from all sources.[read more]

Solar Pumps Help Indian Women Salt Workers Escape from Poverty

February 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Pumps and Poverty in India

Solar-powered water pumps provided under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative are helping women working in the desert salt pans of western India to escape from poverty, replacing expensive and dirty diesel pumps with clean, cheap energy.[read more]

Obama and Modi Signal a Shift Towards Action on a Global Climate Deal

January 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Obama and Mode and Climate Action

Amidst the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi signaled a stronger relationship in fighting global climate change and growing clean energy markets. The leaders of the largest democracies in the world agreed to cooperate on several climate-related issues.[read more]

The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India

January 26, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

India and Climate Change Action

It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India. Because they have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century.[read more]