Buffeted or energized? India’s dynamic energy transition

Daniel Gilbert, Pooja Chatterjee

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Abstract

The Indian power sector is highly dynamic and its destination uncertain. Clearly it is undergoing a transition, but important aspects of that change remain hidden. Coal combustion still dominates Indian electricity generation; “King Coal” still reigns in India. But for how long? Renewable energy generation is undergoing a boom the economic certainty of which is undermined by very low pricing achieved via energy auctions. Power sector mis-governance afflicts the renewables sector and is even more pronounced in India’s coal mining and thermal energy sector. Domestic policy drivers dictate the need for greater and greater levels of electricity generation, and for cleaner air—an objective not consistent with current thermal power practice in India. International concern regarding climate change is finally finding an echo in India, and the country has undergone a remarkable transformation from climate change laggard to powerful advocate and leader. The dynamics of domestic-international Indian policy-making are analysed through the lens of Indian’s emerging energy transition, its likely future destination, and the ability of the renewables sector to take the additional load.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Managing Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions
EditorsGeoffrey Wood, Keith Baker
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages223-260
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9783030280765
ISBN (Print)9783030280758
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Coal
  • Governance
  • India
  • Power
  • Renewable energy
  • Transition

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    Gilbert, D., & Chatterjee, P. (2019). Buffeted or energized? India’s dynamic energy transition. In G. Wood, & K. Baker (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Managing Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions (pp. 223-260). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28076-5_9