The road out of energy poverty

India is home to 18 per cent of the world’s population. However, its energy consumption is a meagre 6 per cent, with per capita consumption at 1,122 kWh mark — or a third of the world average and the lowest among BRICS —during fiscal 2017. Almost a fifth of the population lives in abject poverty, or below poverty line, with no access to electricity. Low demand and poor access to ‘energy’ — which includes electricity, cooking fuel etc — have meant chronic under-consumption. Such ‘energy poverty’ has, apart from  its socio-ec.....

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