Defining an Integrated Energy Strategy for India

The need for defining an effective and comprehensive energy strategy for India is now an urgent imperative. Not only are there growing uncertainties about the stability and security within the global energy market but the expectations and aspirations of the Indian people for a much higher rate of growth also require a stable, low-cost, and secure supply of energy. It is difficult to arrive at precise estimates of the exact economic cost of unsatisfactory and unreliable sup- ply of energy in the country. However, it is necessary to list the adverse effects of the present situation on the structure and mix of India's energy supply as well as the economic distor- tions that this is causing. Some of these adverse effects are as follows.

Preamble

India's energy strategy

Introduction

Energy: the steep road ahead

A sustainable path

Trudging an arduous path: the experience

Charting the course: an integrated energy strategy for India