Topic: Electric Grid and Energy Usage in India
Attendees: Achintya (speaker), Aditya, Mohit, Prashanth, Tanushree, Venky
Venky: Is the energy consumption statistics only that of electricity or general?
Achintya: Its not clearly stated in any of the references.
Prash: Impurity of Coal in India a big factor for low efficiency.
India is a huge importer of electricity. Not clear if actually electricity generated from other countries is actually transmitted here.
Tanushree: The plot for number of villages electrified, seems to be static for last 15 yrs
Achintya: Reason is that the definition of "electrified village" was changed.
Discussion on why the power sector is not profitable enough for more private players.
Prash: Is the current grid sufficient to transmit more power?
Discussion on micro grids in rural areas.
Quality of electricity a serious issue.
Achintya: Decentralization could be a feasible solution.
Mohit - Paper on when decentralization is effective from a socio economic perspective - Pranav Vardhan
Aditya: Concept of carbon credits in US
Why is the focus more on solar?
Available everywhere? Resource not efficiently tapped into. Issues of unreliability, not cost effective as of now.