While everyone knows we must make a shift to cleaner, renewable sources of energy, the considerations therein are not prodded enough. Varun in this article details how deliberative this transition must be, as there are numerous concerns underlying this process of transition.
By now, we are aware of the various problems associated with distribution and transmission of energy — AT&C losses, uncalibrated energy production, problems over forecasting peak demand and so on. In this opinion piece Abishek Nippani discusses the role of ‘distributed renewable energy systems’ by localising energy generation at or near points of consumption.
Subsidies for the agricultural sector, despite the heat they face, are often important. This is all the more true for electricity subsidies. However, this makes it even more crucial to identify and rectify any problems that persist in them. Harish explores the political economy of subsidies and the way forward with them.
Emphasis on provision of electricity has usually been considered as stemming from ‘goodwill’ or equitable considerations. Chitra argues for a more rights-based framework, under which provision of electricity ought to be a good that everyone deserves.
One does not need to possess much prior knowledge to spot the patent falsity in government statements that proclaim complete rural electrification. However, it does take effort and considerable research to understand why in the 21st century much of rural India still lives in darkness. Beth highlights in this article few critical problems which stand in the way of transforming ‘complete rural electrification’ from fiction to fact.