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India Electricity Mix

August 4, 2022

By Paul Homewood



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We concentrate on energy and emissions data in China for obvious reasons – it is such a big country. We consequently tend to ignore the rest of Asia. So let’s take a closer look at India.



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Over the last decade,  electricity generation from fossil fuel plants has increased by 73%, and still accounts for 78% of total electricity.

In unit terms, fossil fuel power has increased by 566 TWh since 2010, while wind and solar have risen by only 117 TWh. And as the second chart shows, the annual rate of addition of renewables is if anything slowing, not accelerating.

In 2021, India added 1.5 GW and 10.3 GW of wind and solar power respectively; enough to generate 16 TWh. Total electricity generation is, however, 1337 TWh, a figure which has been increasing at a rate of 56 TWh a year since 2010.

In other words, new wind and solar capacity is only enough to meet a quarter of new demand.

There appears to be little sign of any of this changing in the foreseeable future.

  1. Mad Mike permalink
    August 4, 2022 6:18 pm

    Off topic but this article is about NOAA’s hurricane predictions for this season which is not doing too well at the moment.. They’ve had to lower their prediction because of the slow start to the season. It might be worth keeping an eye on their site as we go through the year.

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 4, 2022 7:26 pm

    India gets a free pass as long as China’s in the mix. But then, they both have an underclass that needs (cheap) energy. Such a shame that the traffic-light tendency – the Greens too yellow to admit they’re really Reds (Props to Chris Monckton) can’t see that the UK has people in need of energy too.

    • matt dalby permalink
      August 4, 2022 10:09 pm

      I can’t remember if it was Chris Monckton or someone else who also called environmentalists watermelons, green on the outside red on the inside.

      • catweazle666 permalink
        August 4, 2022 11:01 pm

        IIRC it was James Delingpole who christened the Greens “watermelons”.

  3. John Hultquist permalink
    August 4, 2022 8:12 pm

    India has a young population, China an ageing one.
    China’s will peak about 2030, India about 2060 with a larger population than China.
    The “population pyramids” are informative.
    The chart on the top right has a “slider”.

    • Martin Brumby permalink
      August 4, 2022 11:30 pm

      India has loads of problems.

      Their politicians are often venal incompetents.

      But they are absolutely brilliant compared to the denizens of Westminster and Whitehall. And few are interested in driving India off the nearest cliff.

  4. Ben Vorlich permalink
    August 4, 2022 11:26 pm

    Looks like there’s problems in Holland

    Dutch power grid overloaded in more places; No new connections possible

    • catweazle666 permalink
      August 4, 2022 11:33 pm

      Oh dear…how sad…never mind!

      • Peter MacFarlane permalink
        August 5, 2022 12:37 pm

        Titter ye not, parts of West London are in the same situation.

    • Mad Mike permalink
      August 5, 2022 9:58 am

      Coming to a country near you. The unforeseeable, the unbelievable, the frightening, the new reality show “When virtue meets reality.” See the trailer above for details.

      You can’t miss it.

  5. jazznick permalink
    August 5, 2022 10:44 am

    Take a look at AEP’s latest outpouring in the DT.

    Let’s just say that ‘comments could be going better !’

    He really can’t ‘read the room’ can he ?

  6. Dave Andrews permalink
    August 5, 2022 5:04 pm

    The IEA Coal Market Update – July 2022 says India consumed a total of 1053 Mt (Million tonnes) of coal in 2021 a “new record high”. Three quarters was used for electricity production and coal consumption rose by 12% or 117Mt.

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