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Powering India - Aug 15

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Every Household in India to Have Electricity in 5 Years: Indian PM

Each and every household in the country will have electricity in the next five years along with improvement in power supply, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as saying on Wednesday.

In his Independence Day address, the Prime Minister said while almost all villages have been electrified, "our next target is to provide electricity to each and every household in our country in the next five years and to also improve the supply of electricity"...
(15 August 2012)

India’s other power failure (and its opportunity)

Kirsten Korosec, Smart Planet
India’s massive blackout earlier this week exposed a much bigger, more complex problem that’s been festering in the world’s second-most populous nation for decades...

The solution will require far more than simply adding capacity. The country’s infrastructure is weak, electricity theft is rampant and inefficiency is widespread. Hande suggests a broader, more inclusive strategy that includes urban planning to ensure homes are designed for better lighting and incorporate renewable energy, such as solar...

Renewable energy, notably solar, is one bright spot. If the opportunity and benefit of solar wasn’t apparent before, the blackout might have helped articulate the point. Rural villagers who once lived without power were able to keep the lights on because of recently installed solar panels...
(2 August 2012)

Smart Grid Solutions in India [White Paper]

Arvind Patravali, PUB
This whitepaper highlights the opportunity for Smart Grid Solutions in India for the next 5-10 years as well as suggests recommendation for multinational companies planning to enter this market.
(May 2011)

Asia’s real power struggle

Bangkok Post
The Indian power outage that left 10% of the world’s population without electricity has reignited the energy security concerns that growing Asian economies could potentially face.

The paralysing blackouts in late July across northern and northeastern India will surely be a warning to other developing economies about the consequences of poor planning and energy mismanagement.

In Asean, rising economies such as Myanmar and Cambodia need huge sums to create proper infrastructure. But even in countries that are well served, such as Thailand, policymakers fret about the risk of relying too heavily on a single fuel source, such as natural gas.

In India, coal is responsible for two thirds of electricity generation. Recognition of such risks often comes too late to prevent a disaster, which is why thorough long-range planning for future energy security and economic stability is so crucial.

“It could happen to anyone,” said Dr Chodechai Suwanaporn, executive vice-president for economic and energy policy with PTT Plc, Thailand’s biggest energy company. For a developing country like Myanmar, “the danger is very real” that energy shortages will worsen, because of the expectation that it will grow very quickly in the coming years. “Planning is everything,” he stressed...
(14 August 2012)

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