Encyclopedia of Mineral and Energy Policy

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India’s Renewable Energy Resources

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40871-7_168-1


India houses 18% of the world’s population while consuming only 6% of the world’s energy (IEA 2015). The country is host to the world’s largest population without access to electricity, a third of its households. These households typically rely on solid biomass for energy (Government of India 2017a). 1.6 billion people are expected to live in India by 2040, equating to an additional 600 million new electricity consumers. India’s economy is the world’s third largest economy by purchasing power parity and is projected to experience a 6.5% compound average annual growth between 2016 and 2040 (IMF 2017). Driven by this economic growth, the number of people with demand for modern power is projected to increase dramatically by 2040. Inspired by a policy of providing all citizens with electricity, a shift in the load profile caused by rapid urbanization and expansion in manufacturing initiatives, India will lead global energy growth from the current period to 2040 (IEA 2017)....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Two Oceans StrategyLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Khanindra Pathak
    • 1
  1. 1.Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia