How Much Energy Do We Need?
How much energy do we need for ensuring a decent standard of living for everyone? This is one of the basic questions at the heart of energy planning, yet it is one that is hardly addressed in any meaningful manner. Energy demand projections rarely show how exactly the proposed energy use will lead to better standard of living for all. For example, many projections estimate energy demands based on energy requirement for GDP growth. Yet, GDP growth by itself does not necessarily result in provision of basic needs for everyone.
The Girish Sant Memorial Annual Event for 2017, held on January 21, 2017 explored this issue of how much energy we need to support a decent standard of living in an equitable and sustainable manner for all Indians, and issues relevant to estimating it, through a panel discussion. Some of the questions that the panel addressed were:
These and other questions were addressed by a panel of eminent experts and practitioners who bring together a rich diversity of experiences and perspectives in the field of energy.
Prayas (Energy Group) has authored a book titled “Many sparks but little light: The rhetoric and practice of electricity sector reforms in India”, which reviews reforms in the Indian electricity sector since the early 1990s. This book, dedicated to Girish Sant, was launched just before the panel discussion.
A video recording of the book launch and the panel discussion can be viewed below.