Faced with severe energy shortages, India’s leaders are calling for an “energy revolution” to ensure sufficient supply to meet that country’s rapidly growing demands. President Pratibha Patil, said comprehensive reform of the energy grid is essential to India’s continued growth and security.
Patil, while speaking at the World Innovation Summit and Expo in Mumbai, said India should expand all forms of energy generation, ranging from fossil fuels to alternative sources. Currently India has a difficult time meeting the existing demand for electricity during peak hours. The shortfall is as high as 12 percent of the energy needed.
Beyond the current deficiencies, Patil also advocates expanding electricity supply to the nearly 400 million Indians that currently have no electricity or only enough electricity to power their lights.
India, which has the second largest population in the world, is the world’s third biggest greenhouse gas emitter. More than half of the country’s electricity is currently generated by burning coal.