International Journal of Power System Operation and Energy Management


In this paper, an attempt is made to answer the question: Can renewable energy sources eventually supply India’s electricity needs in the future? In particular, we examine the total potential of renewable energy sources in India and extent to which they can supply these needs. The estimates made here indicate that even with a frugal per capita electricity need of 2000 kWh/annum and a stabilized population of 1500 million by 2025, India would need to generate approximately 3000 TWh/yr. As opposed to this, a systematic analysis of the information available on all the renewable energy sources indicates that the total potential is only around 1000 TWh/yr. It is concluded that in the future as fossil fuels are exhausted, renewable sources alone will not suffice for meeting India’s needs.





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