Powering Populations

Solving India’s energy crunch

Within 20 years India is expected to be the most populated country on earth. The summer of 2012 saw blackouts that affected 600 million people. In order to support the economic growth that will come with population expansion, there needs to be a change in India’s energy supply.

India is expected to increase capacity in all forms of energy, doubling renewables in the next few years, increasing nuclear and importing even more coal. Unconventional gas sources are fueling a revolution in the US, and new gas sources in India are coming onstream every day, but is this combination enough? Do pricing models need to be adapted? What innovations can lead to electricity access for all?

DELHI HIGHLIGHTS

See highlights from the brainstorm event in Delhi.

WINNING IDEA

See a graphical explanation of the winning idea from Delhi. 

TIME TO ACT

Leena Pishe Thomas gives her appraisal of the Delhi brainstorm event.

VIEWPOINT: CHRIS JONES

Chris Jones suggest splitting rural and urban electricity supply.

DELHI SLIDESHOW

See highlights from the brainstorm event

VIEWPOINT: RITU MATHER

India needs to promote new technologies and domestic manufacturing.

VIEWPOINT: DINESH MOHAN

Professor Mohan reminds us that the challenge in India is very different. 

CAPACITY CONUNDRUM

How can India avoid blackouts as its population soars?