Has India’s Energy Sector Really Transformed 

Shri Anil Kumar Jain, Additional Secretary

The Article well captures the long term ills of the energy sector. It does not exhaustively list all of them such as pricing distortions across energy sector, inability to offer an attractive investment regime for private capital, sticky shares of energy sources in our energy mix, to name a few. However, it does scratch beneath the surface of comfortable coal supplies and surplus electricity scenarios.
I would like to add that some subtle changes are creeping into our energy sector. The over-ambitious renewable target has achieved the intended aim of price reduction in solar and wind energy prices. Now this source is set to overtake fresh capacity additions from conventional sources in the coming years. Secondly, the Government has embarked on a campaign to electrify all homes starting with 100% village connectivity, to be followed up with complete household electrification. Never before has such a saturation programme been ever launched. Energy access has a new meaning and so does the affordability dimension, closely linked with the former. All energy policy statements in the past have spelled out these two ingredients but failed to make a dent on the dismal situation on the ground. For once, the Government’s energy agenda is set to make a huge difference to the lives of so many people.
Clean energy and energy for all characterise the Power sector of today which must be given due acknowledgement in the instant commentary. To revisit article –

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