By Shonali Pachauri
With power intake set to turn into one of many largest concerns within the day-by-day lives of homeowners around the globe, this ebook couldn't be extra suitable – although it specializes in India. Pachauri adopts a socio-economic method of reading the power process and effort intake in India from a loved ones point of view. The paintings additionally contains an important points frequently missed: specifically, the significance of non-commercial resources of strength, and variety within the styles of strength utilization.
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There are other environmental externalities associated with direct energy consumption by households, especially with regard to energy needs for transport and resultant air pollution. Of course, the demand by households for electricity, which drives growth in electricity generation, also means that the environmental problems associated with extracting coal, drilling oil and gas, and the transportation of these fuels, as well as the externalities associated with electricity generation itself, can also be attributed to households.
At the outset, a brief description of the theory of energy analysis and the techniques used are discussed. Following that, the application of the input-output technique of energy analysis to calculate energy intensities for India is presented. Results of this analysis are presented and trends in energy intensities of sectors in India examined for the period from 1983-84 to 1998-99. Finally, an assessment is also carried out of the likely accuracy of the results obtained, by accounting for some of the possible sources of uncertainties.
Typically households in rural areas, even when connected to the grid, only have electricity for a few hours of the day. In urban areas as well, electricity shortages and load shedding are common place particular in the hot season. Eventually policies that eliminate subsidies are desirable to ensure efficiency and financial viability of the sector, but for the short-term, a better targeting of the current subsidies, so that the benefits accrue to those who really need them the most, is needed. Efforts to expand access to electricity include those aimed at either extending the grid to unconnected areas or putting in place incentives and institutions aimed at encouraging decentralised energy solutions.