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Articles by Dr Leena Srivastava

Dr Leena Srivastava

The Indian energy sector is today at a crucial juncture of development. Increasing national incomes and population have contributed to the escalating demand for energy without a commensurate increase in supply. In view of this, the energy outlook...

Dr Leena Srivastava

The crisis in coal supply has created a scare with several power plants running extremely low on coal stocks and new projects at the risk of being stranded. The oil sector has been run down on account of abysmally poor pricing decisions that...

Dr Leena Srivastava

The fact that India needs nuclear energy to contribute to its portfolio seems indisputable. Today, roughly half of India's population does not have access to clean energy forms and the other half that does have access cannot rely on either the...

Dr Leena Srivastava

India is poised to enter the last year of the 11th Five-Year Plan period in which we had set ourselves some ambitious targets for strengthening the infrastructure sector, including energy availability. However, it is apparent that we are once...

Dr Leena Srivastava

Just three years ago (2008-09), the Budget speech of the Finance Minister found barely a mention of environment, with the exception of possibly clean drinking water and an introduction to climate change. By contrast, today, environmental...

Dr Leena Srivastava

We provide a major push to renewable energy forms including solar but seem to have thrown distribution reforms out of the door. States have set up electricity regulatory commissions but they are struggling to define their relevance.

The...

Dr Leena Srivastava

Investment is a key growth constraint of the Indian power sector. However, going by the response to Coal India's IPO, the market seems to be flushed with funds. It is not clear why financial closure of power projects remains such a...

Dr Leena Srivastava

The vulnerability of ecosystems, and, therefore, human beings, has resulted in this enormous global effort being made towards tackling the problem of climate change. By themselves, temperature variations and climatic changes that are off the mean...

Dr Leena Srivastava

The energy sector is a high priority area for the government. Many measures have been tried to accelerate reforms in the sector - intense discussions took place for years on vertical unbundling of functions with limited success and new regulatory...

Dr Leena Srivastava

A recent visit to one of the east Asian countries brought into focus one major achievement that India needs to be proud of - an achievement that normally does not merit much attention in media circles. The reference here is to India's ...

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